States of Mind: American and Post-Soviet Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Psychology / Edition 1

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Political belief systems are, at heart, psychological theories of motivation, personality, mental health, education, and social interaction. In this volume, Diane Halpern and Alexander Voiskounsky take advantage of recent political events in the former Soviet Union which have created a unique opportunity to study the ways in which two major world powers have defined contemporary psychological issues. Because access to Western literature in psychology was strictly controlled until 1991, much of Soviet psychology developed independently of Western ideas. Likewise, impediments in communication also prevented Western researchers and theorists from enhancing their work with Soviet perspectives. Although the political climate has changed enormously, barriers to the exchange of ideas still remain. States of Mind explores newly evolving areas of psychology that are particularly important at this time in history, and addresses these topics from both post-Soviet and American perspectives. Psychologists from both backgrounds present their personal views of their own areas of expertise to offer their counterparts a portion of the psychological landscape from a new vantage point.
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"What a brilliant idea to bring under the cover of this book the results gained by Eastern (post-Soviet) and Western researchers on the same or close psychological problems. The authors are not competing with eachother, they are making a mutual breakthrough to meet the challenge for the benefit of world science and of each particular reader."—Victor A. Sadovnichy, Rector of Moscow State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195103519
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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California State University at San Bernardino

Moscow State University

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Psychology in a Sociopolitical Context 3
1 The Psychosemantic Approach to Political Psychology: Mapping Russian Political Thought 19
2 Psychological Perspectives on International Conflict and Cooperation 49
3 Comprehension of Lies: A Russian View 79
4 Deception, Lying, and Demeanor 93
5 Russian Advertising in Search of Psychology 109
6 The Social Psychology of Mass Communications: An American Perspective 126
7 Alcoholism in America: Extent, Diagnosis, Etiology, Treatment, and Prevention 169
8 Alcoholism in Russia: The Enemy Within 198
9 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Historical Context and Evolution 215
10 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders as a Loss of the Meaning of Life 238
11 Gerontological Psychology: The Western Perspective 253
12 A Life-Span Approach to the Study of Psychogerontology in Russia 272
13 Strangers in the Homeland: Ethnopsychological Problems of Forced Immigrants in Russia 291
14 Changing Ethnic and National Identities in Estonia 306
15 Interethnic Intolerance in Post-Soviet Ukraine 315
16 Prejudice and Discrimination: Old Paradigms in New Models for Psychology 325
17 Ethnic Psychology in the United States 342
18 Environmental Psychology: Evolution and Current Status 373
19 Environmental and "Green" Psychology in the Former Soviet Union 391
Conclusion: Two Faces of Psychology 407
Index 414
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