States of Mind

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

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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. States of Mind explores newly evolving areas of psychology that are particularly important at this time in history, including political psychology, the psychology of truth and lies, advertising and the media, alcoholism, psychological trauma, gerontology, prejudice and ethnicity, and environmental psychology, and addresses these topics from both post-Soviet and American perspectives.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 163.1 x 233.7 x 33.8mm | 945.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195103505
  • 9780195103502

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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 each other, 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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Table of contents

1. Introduction to States of Mind: Psychology in a Sociopolitical Context ; Part I. Politics and Persuasion ; Political Psychology ; 2. The Psychosemantic Approach to Political Psychology: Mapping Russian Political Thought ; 3. Psychological Perspectives on International Conflict and Cooperation ; The Psychology of Truth and Lies ; 4. Comprehension of Lies: A Russian View ; 5. Deception, Lying, and Demeanor ; Advertizing and the Media ; 6. Russian Advertising in Search of Psychology ; 7. The Social Psychology of Mass Communications: An American Perspective ; Part II. Contemporary Crises in Mental Health ; Alcoholism ; 8. Alcoholism in America: Extent, Diagnosis, Etiology, Treatment, and Prevention ; 9. Alcoholism in Russia: The Enemy Within ; Psychological Trauma ; 10. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Historical Context and Evolution ; 11. Post Traumatic Stress Disorders as a Loss of Meaning of Life ; Changing Demographics: The New Old ; 12. Gerontological Psychology: The Western Perspective ; 13. A Lifespan Approach to the Study of Psychogerontology in Russia ; Part III. Prejudice and Interethnic Hostilities ; 14. Strangers in the Homeland: Problems of Forced Immigrants in Russia ; 15. Changed Ethnic and National Identities in Estonia ; 16. Interethnic Intolerance in Post-Soviet Ukraine ; 17. Prejudice and Discrimination: Old Paradigms in New Models for Psychology ; 18. Ethnic Psychology in the United States ; Part IV. Environmental and Ecological Psychology ; 19. Environmental Psychology: Evolution and Current Status ; 20. Environmental and "Green" Psychology in the Former Soviet Union ; Index
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