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

Paperback | May 1, 1997

EditorDiane F. Halpern, Alexander E. Voiskounsky

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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 uniqueopportunity 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 incommunication 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 particularlyimportant 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 vantagepoint.

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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 uniqueopportunity to study the ways in which two m...

Diane F. Halpern is at California State University at San Bernardino. Alexander E. Voiskounsky is at Moscow State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.13 × 6.06 × 1.1 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195103519

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Table of Contents

1. Diane F. Halpern and Alexander Voiskounsky: Introduction to States of Mind: Psychology in a Sociopolitical ContextI. Politics and Persuasion2. Victor F. Petrenko and Olga V. Mitina: The Psychosemantic Approach to Political Psychology: Mapping Russian Political Thought3. Philip E. Tetlock: Psychological Perspectives on International Conflict and Cooperation4. Victor Znakov: Comprehension of Lies: A Russian View5. Paul Ekman: Deception, Lying, and Demeanor6. Dimitry A. Leontiev: Russian Advertising in Search of Psychology7. Anthony R. Pratkanis: The Social Psychology of Mass Communications: An American PerspectiveII. Contemporary Crises in Mental Health8. Peter E. Nathan: Alcoholism in America: Extent, Diagnosis, Etiology, Treatment, and Prevention9. Boris S. Bratus: Alcoholism in Russia: The Enemy Within10. Teresa L. Kramer and Bonnie L. Green: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Historical Context and Evolution11. Madrudin S. Magomed-Eminov: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders as a Loss of the Meaning of Life12. Timothy A. Salthouse: Gerontological Psychology: The Western Perspective13. Vera A. Kol'tsova, Natasha B. Meshalkina, and Yuri N. Olegnik: A Lifespan Approach to the Study of Psychogerontology in RussiaIII. Prejudice and Interethnic Hostilities14. Galina U. Soldatova: Strangers in the Homeland: Problems of Forced Immigrants in Russia15. Aksel Kirch, Marika Kirch, Tarmo Tuisk, and Vello Pettai: Changed Ethnic and National Identities in Estonia16. Evgeny Golovakha and Natalya Panina: Interethnic Intolerance in Post-Soviet Ukraine17. Pamela Trotman Reid and Nicole E. Holland: Prejudice and Discrimination: Old Paradigms in New Models for Psychology18. Jonathan S. Kaplan and Stanley Sue: Ethnic Psychology in the United StatesIV. Environmental and Ecological Psychology19. Paul A. Bell and Eric D. Sunstrom: Environmental Psychology: Evolution and Current Status20. Segei Deryabo and Vitold Yasvin: Environmental and "Green" Psychology in the Former Soviet Union

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"The main overall contribution of this book is in the recognition that national psychologies that may have grown up in isolation from each other should not stay that way. We in the United States have a great deal to learn from post-Soviet and Soviet psychology . . . Too often, textbooks andresearch articles are written, and courses taught, in almost total isolation of traditions outside those in which the writing is taking place. . . . States of Mind has many valuable lessons to teach us, and we recommend it highly to all psychologists and students of psychology in any field. It is ajoy to read. A book that represents such an ambitious undertaking inevitably will be less than perfect, but the editors and authors deserve a great deal of credit for embarking on a mission of great bicultural importance. The field will benefit from more volumes of this kind in thefuture."--American Journal of Psychology