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A.N. Leontiev’s psychological theory of activity


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Gordeeva O.V.(2015). Consideration of mechanisms of transition from the ordinary to the altered state of consciousness from the point of view of A.N. Leontiev’s theory about the structure of consciousness (research of phenomena of analytical introspection) . Moscow University Psychology Bulletin. Series 14.Psychology,1,4-19

In this paper results of empirical researches (this results were received in experiment and professional supervision “Diagnostics of the altered states of consciousness”) in which analytic introspection was used as method to induce the states of consciousness, transitive to altered are considered. Opportunities of the Leontiev’s theory of the structure of consciousness to explane a phenomenology of the altered states of consciousness are examined. We offer explanations of such phenomena as a loss of tridimentionality and constancy of perception (the sizes, forms, position in space, colors and brightness), mistakes in recognition of objects and its’ properties (in particular, pareydolia), a derealization, a detailed elaboration has been explaned. Results of experiments with analytic introspection allow elaborating of A.N. Leontiev’s ideas about functions of a sensual fabric of an image.

Received: 09/06/2014

Pages: 4-19

Keywords: analytic introspection; A.N. Leontiev’s psychological theory of activity; individual values; a sensual fabric of an image; personal meanings; constancy of perception;

By: Gordeeva O.V.;

Available Online: 03/31/2015

Romashchuk A.N. (2013). A.N. Leontiev’s activity theory and the overcoming of double-factorial determination of psychic. The Moscow University Herald. Series 14. Psychology, 3, 26-39

It is commonly accepted that the theory of activity by A.N. Leontiev was the attempt to overcome so called “word-centrism” developed by L.S. Vygotsky. At the same time there are some arguments, that theory of activity was developed to solve the problem, which had been formulated by Vygotsky. He tried to overcome double-factorial determination of psychic, i.e. to go from social to psychological determination. To solve the problem Vygotsky modified his own theory and changed the main concept from high mental function to system structure of conciseness and interfunctional interactions. Vygotsky suggested emotional experience as the unit of psychic. Group of psychologists worked in Kharkov tried to solve this problem in another way. They supposed that activity mediates as social, as physiological factors. This decision was more materialistic from their point of view. Reveling the real basic theoretical problem of theory of activity is important for understanding its main statements and experimental results. Analysis of investigations, conducted by the adepts of the theory of activity, leads to understanding of holistic nature of activity.

Pages: 26-39

Keywords: A.N. Leontiev’s psychological theory of activity; cultural-historical theory by LS. Vygotsky;

By: Romashchuk A.N. ;

Available Online: 06/30/2013

Gabay T.V. (2011). The knowledge of human activity process contents as the efficacy condition of the human activity approach in psychological research. The Moscow University Herald. Series 14. Psychology, 3, 19-32

Possibilities of the human activity approach in psychological research are discussed. The paper states about the necessity of subsequent development of psychological human activity theory: first of all the general structure of human activity is to be specified. Particular importance must be given to diachronic aspect of its structural analysis. The system of essentially different components that constitute its process must be described, and their interdependencies must be revealed. The author emphasizes the significance of the final component of the human activity, i.e. the action of satisfying the initial drive of the subject. Regarding this action as the activity “realization phase” can give the key to the problem of reinforcement. The pair of notions — “orientation” and “execution” — will be of value when solving the problem of set consciousness.

Pages: 19-32

Keywords: activity approach; A.N. Leontiev’s psychological theory of activity; orientation; human activity process components;

By: Gabay T.V.;

Sokolova E.E. (2011). The fundamental principles of university education and A.N. Leontiev’s psychological theory of activity. The Moscow University Herald. Series 14. Psychology, 1, 12-24

The fundamental principles of university education (forming of dialectical thinking, the unity of teaching and upbringing, manufacture of need in self-development) taken from A.N. Leontiev’s perspective are marked out and analyzed in the article based on a number of sources including archive materials. The problems and outlooks of applying of Leontiev’s ideas are discussed in the context of current reforms of secondary and high school in Russia. 

Pages: 12-24

Keywords: A.N. Leontiev’s psychological theory of activity; education; upbringing; thinking; dialectical logic; forming;

By: Sokolova E.E.;

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