Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium: Congress Proceedings : XXVII International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, 2000 - Vol. 2

Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium: Congress Proceedings : XXVII International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, 2000 - Vol. 2

Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium: Congress Proceedings : XXVII International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, 2000 - Vol. 2

Psychology at the Turn of the Millennium: Congress Proceedings : XXVII International Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, 2000 - Vol. 2

Synopsis

These two volumes represent the cutting edge of contemporary theory and research in psychological science. Based on the keynote and state-of-the-art lectures from the 27th International Congress of Psychology, the volumes feature a collection of chapters written by international leaders in psychological scholarship. The chapters reflect the diversity of current research topics in psychology, where old boundaries have become obsolete and subdivisions from the past merge to form new objects of study. Volume 1 addresses cognitive, biological, and health perspectives. It includes sections on the neural mechanisms underlying psychological processes; the core areas in experimental psychology, perception, attention, learning, and memory; the multiple aspects of psychological health; the interaction between cognitive and emotional processes; and higher cognitive processes with special focus on decision-making and language. Volume 2 deals with social, developmental, and clinical perspectives. The sections highlight human development across the life span; basic and applied issues in personality, emotion, and clinical psychology; social psychology, ranging from experimental work through social constructivism; and gender.

Excerpt

Claes von Hofsten and Lars Bäckman

The 27th International Congress of Psychology was held in Stockholm, Sweden, in the last part of July 2000 under the auspices of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and the joint sponsorship of the Swedish Psychological Association. The selection of site for this first international congress in the new millennium was timely, as Stockholm had the honour to host the very first congress in this series in 1952. A total of 5941 scientists from 90 countries representing all continents in the world attended the conference.

Stockholm, built on a great number of islands and surrounded by water, is known for its beautiful summers. However, during the week of the conference the rain poured down. Although this may have been disappointing for many of the participants, it surely contributed to the excellent attendance rates throughout the meeting. Most importantly, sessions were not only crowded; the contributions were characterized by outstanding depth, breadth, and variability.

The scientific programme of the conference entailed a current overview of the multifaceted nature of psychological science at the birth of the new millennium. In the 22 keynote addresses, 45 state-of-the art lectures, and the IUPsyS presidential address, highly distinguished scientists provided updated accounts of their programmes of research. Representing multiple topics across all major areas in psychology, 204 invited symposia were arranged. In addition, there were 262 thematic oral sessions and 141 interactive poster sessions in which presenters shared their most recent data and ideas. A total

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