Preface: Evelin Witruk
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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