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Historical and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology

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Evelin Witruk and Arndt Wilcke

The book contains selected contributions from the international workshop Historical and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology. This was organised by Evelin Witruk and her team at the University of Leipzig in 2009, when Psychology in Leipzig celebrated its 130th and the University of Leipzig its 600 th anniversary. In line with the workshop, this collection represents an interdisciplinary approach to cover and combine different aspects of psychology. It focuses on the origins of Psychology in Leipzig where Wilhelm Wundt founded in 1879 the world’s first Psychological Institute. The contributions regard the history of psychology, the role of this science in regions affected by disasters, and methodical and cross-cultural issues. So this volume intertwines basic research, partly based on or inspired by history, with applied work to promote scientific exchange not just between different countries but also between the different branches of psychology.

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Preface: Evelin Witruk

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Preface Evelin Witruk University of Leipzig, Institute of Psychology This present book represents the fourth volume of the series “Contributions to Educational and Rehabilitative Psychology”. It contains selected contributions from the international workshop "Historical and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology”. This event was organised by the team members of Educational and Rehabilitative Psychology of the Psychological Institute at the University of Leipzig. The workshop combined internationality with interdisciplinarity. More than 30 participants from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Sudan, Korea, Russia, Spain, Latvia, and Germany presented their work from diverse fields such as psychology, education, special education, linguistics, pharmacy and medicine. Therefore the conference offered a platform for integrating basic and applied sciences by uniting cognitive, educational, and clinical psychologists, as well as specialists from pharmacy and neuropsychology. The international workshop "Historical and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology” took place on 20 and 21 November 2009 as one of the last events in the Villa Tillmanns guesthouse belonging to the University of Leipzig. In 2009 Psychology in Leipzig celebrated its 130th anniversary and at the same time the University of Leipzig commemorated its 600th anniversary. Hence a special focus of this book is placed on the origins of psychology in Leipzig, where Wilhelm Wundt founded the world´s first psychological institute in 1879. During the workshop, the impact of this event on the global development of psychology was discussed and is included in a lot of articles in this book. The University of Leipzig opened its gates for twenty scientists from Sri Lanka...

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