ISSN - 2074-6857


Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, Moscow: Russian Psychological Society, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2008, 375 p.


Zinchenko Yu.P., Petrenko V.F. (2008). Introduction. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 5-6

The present volume collects some examples of scientific work done by contemporary Russian psychologists, both empirical and theoretical, in different directions of research. Russian psychology in its development has undergone various times, some of them could be characterized as significant intensity of research, some could be described as essential decrease in volume of the leaded development. Those changes were mostly determined by the external reasons: political revolutions of the beginning and the end of the twentieth century, two World wars, which have influenced all areas of Russian life, economic and political shocks of the first half and the end of the same century, ideological restrictions (during the Soviet period) that were imposed on studied problems and treatment of the results of those studies, and also in the form of significant reduction of communication between the Russian and world psychology, etc.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0000
Pages:  5-6
ByPetrenko Viktor F.  / Zinchenko Yury P.

Philosophy of Psychology

Yurevich A.V. (2008). Cognitive Frames in Psychology: Demarcations and Ruptures. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 7-24

This article looks at the main symptoms of the crisis in psychology. The author believes that in addition to the traditional manifestations that have dogged psychology since it emerged as an independent science, there have appeared some new symptoms. The author identifies three fundamental "ruptures": "vertical" ruptures between various schools and trends, "horizontal" ruptures between natural science and humanitarian psychology and "diagonal" ruptures between research (academic) and practical psychology. In the author's opinion, these manifestations of the crisis of psychology have recently been compounded by the crisis of its rationalistic foundations.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0001
Pages:  7-24
Keywords:  meta-theories, paradigms, sociodigms, metadigms
ByYurevich Andrey V.

Mironenko, Irina A. (2008) On Some Difficulties in the Dialogue with Foreign Colleagues. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 41-47

Russian psychology which had been cut off from the world science for the greater part of the 20th century is now facing a challenge to join the international mainstream. To facilitate the integration of Russian psychology into the international mainstream, a certain hermeneutics is needed, applied to the explicit methodology and terminology Russian scientists used, as well as to the system of implicit beliefs and assumptions concerning human nature "embedded" into the Russian psychology. The latter is compared to its counterparts in major Western psychological theories.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0003
Pages:  41-47
Keywords:  Difficulties in the Dialogue
ByMironenko, Irina A.

Ulanovsky, Alexey M. (2008). Phenomenology as a Style of Research and Practice. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 48-54

The paper presents analysis of principles, treatments and ways of using phenomenology in psychology. Six different ways of using phenomenological method in psychology are discerned: as

(1) a method of clarifying of phenomena of consciousness and concepts,
(2) a way of differentiation, description and analysis of psychopathological phenomena,
(3) a way of understanding and penetration to the living world of a person,
(4) a form of subjective self-reports of participants,
(5) a method of psychotherapeutic work with experience,
(6) a qualitative research strategy in academic psychology.

The approach to phenomenology as a special style of research and practice, which implies the intuitive, reflective, unprejudiced, descriptive, detailed approach to phenomena, is developed.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0004
Pages:  48-54
Keywords:  Phenomenology as a Style of Research and Practice
ByUlanovsky, Alexey M.

Klochko Vitaly Y. (2008). Modern Psychology: Systems Meaning of a Paradigm Shift. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 25-40

The article is focused on the history of psychology from a perspective of its paradigm shifts. Based on the transspective analysis, the author identifies the grounds for progressive development of the psychological science as an open self-organizing theoretical system. The transspective analysis is also considered a methodological tool for studying self-organizing psychological systems. It is asserted that modern psychology is moving toward a post-non-classical paradigm within the framework of which psyche and consciousness acquire a new explanation.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0002
Pages:  25-40
Keywords:  Modern Psychology, philosophy of psychology
ByKlochko Vitaliy Y.

Historical Psychology

Nazaretyan Akop P. (2008). Technology, Psychology, and Crises: Does World History Have a Psychological Dimension? Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 55-80

Data about the victims of social violence in different cultures and historical epochs are provided by wars, political repressions, and everyday violence. Rough calculations demonstrate that while demographic densities and the technical capacity for mutual destruction have increased throughout the millennia, the violent death rate - the quantity of deliberate killings per capita per time unit - has been decreasing. The resulting downward trend appears highly non-linear, dramatic, and mediated by man-made catastrophes, but still, in the long term, progressive. Obviously, some perfecting mechanism of cultural aggression-retention has compensated for technological developments; among those mechanisms was economic development. This issue is explored using the pattern of techno-humanitarian balance.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0005
Pages:  55-80
Keywords:  Historical Psychology, Technology, Psychology, and Crises: Does World History Have a Psychological Dimension?
ByNazaretyan, Akop P.

Social Psychology

Zinchenko Yu.P. (2008). Psychology of Safety and Resistance to Terrorism. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 81-101

The psychological component of terrorism in four major attitudes is considered in the article: psychology of terrorism, psychology of counteraction to terrorism, psychological training of experts and the psychological help to victims of terrorism. Socio-psychological factors of development of terrorism, including concept of "contributing events" as well as hypothesis "frustration-aggression" are investigated. Specific features and the external factors promoting involving into terrorism are analyzed. The system of measures of counteraction of transformation of groups of risk is presented to the potential terrorist organizations, including in aspect of the control over ideology, education, education and work of mass media. Features of work with victims of acts of terrorism and extreme situations, minimization of its negative consequences are made out. Psychological reactions of the experts, engaged by liquidation of consequences of actions of terrorism, resulting works with victims of extreme situations are revealed. Features of vocational training of the personnel working with victims of terrorism and extreme situations are specified. Ways of overcoming of the negative psychological consequences arising at experts as a result of long contact to victims of extreme situations are presented.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0006
Pages:  81-101
ByZinchenko Yury P.

Lebedeva, Nadezhda M., Tatarko, Alexander N. (2008). Ethnic Identity, Group Status and Type of Settlement as Predictors of Ethnic Intolerance. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 102-119

The results of the field research of intergroup attitudes in Southern Russia (N=723) demonstrated that the relationships of the valence and uncertainty of ethnic identity, perceived discrimination and the level of religious identity with intergroup attitudes depend on a group status (majority-minority) and the type of settlement (dense - sparse). The perceived discrimination predicts the intolerance of intergroup attitudes among the majority group members whereas, the valence and uncertainty of ethnic identity - among the minorities members. The salience of ethnic identity and high level of religious identity predict intolerant attitudes among migrants with the dense way of settlement, the valence of identity and perceived discrimination predict intolerant attitudes among the migrants with the sparse type of settlement. The willingness to distinguish between people by religion provides the maintenance of their group boundaries and identity in multicultural regions of Russia. The growth of uncertainty of ethnic identity, decrease of perceived discrimination and the level of religious identity as well as general ethnic tolerance provide better adaptation of migrants in multicultural regions of Russia.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0007
Pages:  102-119
Keywords:  Social Psychology, Ethnic Identity
ByLebedeva, Nadezhda M. / Tatarko, Alexander N.

Cognitive Studies

  • Barabanshchikov V.A. (2008). The Systemicity Principle in Modern Psychology. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 120-135
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0008
  • Allakhverdov V.M. (2008). Awareness as a Result of Choice. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 136-152
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0009
  • Bogoyavlenskaya D.B. (2008). Two Paradigms — Two Vectors of Creating the New. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 153-161
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0010
  • Kornilova T.V. (2008). Personality Regulation of Decision Making and Learning Efficacy. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 162-181
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0011
  • Leonova A.B. (2008). Complex Strategy of Stres-238s Management at the Workplace: Eval uation Model and Its Empirical Verification. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 182-196
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0012
  • Nourkova V.V., Bernstein D.M. (2008). Imagination Inflation After a Change in Linguistic Context. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 197-210
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0013
  • Rebelco T.A. (2008). Mental Model ol Femininity and Relation to Skin. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 211-223
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0014
  • Smyslova O.V., Voiskounsky A.E., Petrenko V.F. (2008). Hackers' Motivation: Empirical Study. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 224-238
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0015


  • Petrenko V.F., Mitina O.V. (2008). Using Psychosemantic Methods in Political Psychology. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 239-264
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0016
  • Petrenko V.F., Kutcherenko V.V. (2008). Psycho-Semantics of the Altered States of Consciousness of Human (Based on Materials of Hypnotherapy for Alcoholics). Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 265-280
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0017
  • Mitina O.V., Babaeva Ju.D., Yagolkovsky S.R. (2008). How Creative Group Activity Influences an Individual Creativity: Verification of a Priori and a Posteriori Hypotheses by Means of Structural Equation Modeling. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 281-298
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0018


Chernorizov, Alexsander M. (2008). Vector Encoding of Light Intensity in Neural Networks of Visual System. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 309-318

Intracellular research of land snail Helix lucorum L. eye demonstrates two types of visual cells responding to flashes of white light by slow sustained depolarization (D-type) and by slow sustained hyperpolarization (H-type), respectively. Peaks of spectral sensitivity of both cell types at 465-500 nm coincide with peak of spectral sensitivity of photopigment "rhodopsin". The two-channel vector model of achromatic vision of snail is proposed. According to the model, responses of D- and H-cells constitute two-dimensional 'excitation vector' of constant length, the direction of which is the code of light intensity. The two-dimensional vector model of light encoding in snails' eye is analogous with achromatic vision models of achromatic vision in vertebrates based on psychophysical and neurophysiological data in fish, rabbit, monkey and human. So, intracellular data in snail taken together with data on vertebrate animals testify in favor of the hypothesis that 2-dimensioanl module of "bright" and "dark" cells is the universal opponent mechanism of "vector encoding" of light intensity in neuronal nets for vision.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0020
Pages:  309-318
Keywords:  psychophysiology, methodology
ByChernorizov, Alexsander M.

Danilova, Nina N. (2008). Frequency-Selective Gamma Generators in Processing of Auditory Stimuli. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 299-308

Processing of sensory stimuli is controlled by the top-down influences that shape oscillations in the synchrony form revealed in the EEG. However, little is known about the nature of these influences. The present study investigated the contribution of "evoked oscillations" in the perception of auditory stimuli during passive and active attention from the position of pacemaker hypothesis on the origin of gamma rhythm. To analyze the problem, the author suggests a special method based on the narrow frequency filtering event-related potentials, localization of dipole sources of gamma oscillations over the structural MRI slices. Computation of equivalent dipoles for the discrete frequencies demonstrates interaction between prefrontal and auditory cortex during active attention to auditory stimuli. The obtained results are compatible with the pacemaker hypothesis.

DOI:  10.11621/pir.2008.0019
Pages:  299-308
Keywords:  psychophysiology, methodology
ByDanilova, Nina N.

Behavioral Genetics

  • Gindina E.D., Malykh S.B. (2008). Genetic Analysis of Behavioral and Emotional Problems in Russian Adolescent Twins. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 319-344
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0021

Psychoanalytic Approaches

  • Tkhostov A.C. (2008). Le jardin de paradis (La structure de la dependance narcissique). Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 345-361
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0022
  • Reshetnikov M.M. (2008). Visions of the Future: Social Processes and Terrorism in Europe. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 362-373
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0023

History of Psychology

  • Stepanova M.A. (2008). The Problem of Instruction and Development in the Works ofL.Vygotskyand R Galperin. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, 1, 374-386
    DOI: 10.11621/pir.2008.0024