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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 2005

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A.N. Leontiev's Ideas and their Significance for Modern Psychology 3492

Ivannikov V.A.
PhD in Psychology, Professor at the Personality Psychology Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

The paper analyzes several ideas from the works of A.N. Leontiev and reflects upon the effects of these ideas on the development of general psychology and in particular on the understanding of animal and human behavior through the concepts of activity, perception and motivation processes, voluntary regulation. Thus, the paper analyzes the concept of 'sensory experience' and the role of activity in transforming experiences into senses; discusses Leontiev's contribution to the understanding of motivation in terms of his introduction of the concept of an object of need and his new interpretation of the motive of activity; analyzes the role of the con- cept of meaning in creating a temporary derivative of goal valence and in voluntary self-regulation. Finally, the paper explores the connection between the ideas of Vygotsky and Leontiev and the relationship between cultural-historical psychology and Leontiev's activity theory.

Keywords: subjective experiences, activity, object of need, motive, motivation, meaning, volition, higher mental function, cultural-historical activity

Column: On the 110th Anniversary of A.N. Leontiev's Birth

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