By Michael Cole

Alexander Luria was once some of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century. His professional autobiography used to be written as a citizen of the Soviet Union, and whereas it offers a compelling tale of his lifelong devotion to constructing a complete concept of the organic and cultural foundations of human nature, it truly is conspicuous for the absence of data in regards to the social context of his paintings and his own struggles to be a good individual in indecent times.

The present "dialogic autobiography" brings the energy of Luria's rules again to lifestyles. Michael Cole and Karl Levitin, either one of whom knew Luria good and feature written approximately his lifestyles and paintings, have written a delicately researched creation and epilogue to the unique autobiography. they supply readers, for the 1st time, with information regarding the social and private contexts of Luria's impressive achievements. Their account is supplemented via a DVD with memories of major psychologists from world wide who knew and labored with Luria. ultimately, Luria's lifestyles and technological know-how are introduced jointly in one volume.

The publication will entice psychologists, neuropsychologists, and different scientists attracted to Luria's lifestyles achievements.

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Of those models which are accepted as a basis for the construction of ideas concerning forms and mechanisms of human vital activity. This history should reveal many naive sources of human thought . . This tendency to introduce naive concepts to explain the nervous system on the basis of analogies with artificial things is more common in the study of behavior than anywhere else" (Luria, 1932, p. 4). In place of a telephone station, Luria suggested the idea of a dynamically organized system, composed of subsystems, each of which contributed to the organization of the whole.

While they represented a . . 36 Moscow . . synthesis of techniques and approaches that had existed in isolation prior to our studies, they did not lead to a basic reconstruction of psychology as a science. That enormous task, which was beyond my limited capacities, presented itself to me quite unexpectedly in 1924. In that year I met Lev Semionovitch Vygotsky. This event was a turning point in my life as well as in the lives of my colleagues in Soviet psychology. 37 . . 3 ... Vygotsky IT IS NO exaggeration to say that Vygotsky was a genius.

Brentano's Theory of Human Drives. I even translated it into Russian and published it through the student's Association for Social Sciences. Both these volumes led me to want to develop a concrete psychological approach to the events of social life. I even developed a naive plan to write a book on these issues. Such projects were typical of the time, and although there wasn't the slightest chance that I could really write such a book, this kind of ambition shaped my intellectual development. I found little of value in the dry, prerevolutionary academic psychology that then dominated the universities, which was strongly influenced by German philosophy and psychology.

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