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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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L.S. Vygotsky and Scientific Schools of Moscow State University: Unity in Diversity 1701


Zhdan A.N.
PhD in Psychology, Fellow Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Professor at the General Psychology Department at the Faculty of Psychology at the Lomonossov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

The historical-methodological paper reviews the developmental origins of the Moscow State University's schools of psychology that were related to G.I. Chelpanov's activities. It reviews the schools of thought developed by L.S. Vygotsky, S.L. Rubinstein, A.N. Leontiev, A.R. Luria, P.Ya. Galperin, B.V. Zeigarnik, and Ye.N. Sokolov. The artcile reveals not only the differences between these schools (i.e. the differences in main concepts and topics), but also common ground in their basic positions that trace back to the ideas of L.S. Vygotsky's cultural-historical psychology. The University's schools of thought are represented as a 'tree': L.S. Vygotsky's theory is compared to its roots, S.L. Rubinstein's, A.N. Leontiev's and P.Ya. Galperin's treories - to its trunk, and A.R. Luria's neuropsychological theory and Ye.N. Sokolov's psychophysiological theory - to its branches. This representation refers to the author's conclusion that all these schools should be regarded as a joint school of psychology of the Moscow State University.

Keywords: cultural-historical psychology, activity psychology, neuropsychology, pathopsychology, psychophysiology, Moscow State University's joint school of psychology

Column: Issues In Cultural Activity Theory

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