MONTHLY BULLETIN (vol 4 no 11: November 2012)

The IUPsyS Monthly Bulletin is for IUPsyS National Members, Affiliates, and related organizations, and their members. It provides brief updates on the work of the Union and related regional and international matters.

This Bulletin and previous issues are available at:

1. 31st International Congress of Psychology: First Announcement

The 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP 2016) will be held in Yokohama, Japan, 24-29 July 2016. The first announcement for ICP 2016, together with an announcement poster, can be downloaded from the Congress website at:

2. IUPsyS Officers appointed to serve on international bodies

Rainer K Silbereisen (Past President) has been appointed to the Scientific Programme Committee for the World Social Science Forum. The Forum is convened by the International Social Science Council, and will take place in Montreal, Canada, 13-15 October 2013. For more details on the Forum, see item 4 below.

3. News from the International Science Council (ICSU)

An ICSU paper on Sustainable Development Goals has been published in the journal Nature. At the Rio+20 United Nations conference in June, the world's governments agreed to produce a set of Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next two years, governments will work to develop these goals. ICSU is the Co-organising Partner for the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group for Rio + 20 and follow-up at the United Nations. In this article, ICSU argues that the best interdisciplinary research should underpin the development of goals, targets and indicators at global, regional and national levels. For more details, see:

ICSU pledges support for scientists in the L’Aquila case. As representative of the global scientific community, ICSU has expressed its strong concern regarding the case of the six scientists who have been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six year prison terms because of their role in providing scientific advice prior to the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, in 2009. For details, see:

Future Earth Newsletter. A new quarterly newsletter will provide up-to-date news on Future Earth. Future Earth is a 10-year international research initiative to develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability. The first issue of the Newsletter is available at:

Future Earth Regional Workshops. Future Earth seeks to provide knowledge at multiple scales - global, regional and local – and to address the connections among these scales. The Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability which is establishing Future Earth is keen to seek inputs which can drive regional partnerships and engage a broad range of stakeholders. ICSU is organizing an initial series of three regional workshops in Cape Town (already taken place: 31 October-2 November 2012), Kuala Lumpur (21-23 November 2012) and Mexico City (3-4 December 2012). Options to organize meetings in the Middle East and Europe are still in planning. The main objective of the workshops is to engage regional stakeholders in the design of the initiative. For details, see:

4. News from the International Social Science Council (ISSC)

World Social Science Forum 2013 announced. The ISSC has announced that the next World Social Science Forum (WSSF) will take place in Montreal, Canada on 13-15 October 2013 and focus on the topic: Social transformation and the digital age. For more details, see:

2013 Foundation Mattei Dogan and the International Social Council Prize, awarded for excellence in interdisciplinary research. ISSC has issues a call for nominations for the 2013 Prize, which will be awarded to a social scientist (or team) who has advanced scientific knowledge in the social sciences by crossing disciplinary boundaries or by recombining different specialties. Deadline for nominations: 14 December 2012. For details, see:

Calls for Applications for Early Career Scientists. ISSC has announced calls for applications for early career scientists to become involved in two initiatives: (1) the World Social Science Fellows Programme, to start to develop new interdisciplinary perspectives on Sustainable Urbanization at a seminar in Quito, Ecuador in March 2013; (2) ISSC/ICSU/DFG Young Scientists Networking Conference, to participate in a creative, multidimensional, inter- and trans-disciplinary conference on Food Futures in Como, Italy in April 2013. For details, see:

Call for Nominations: CROP Scientific Committee. CROP is an international programme of ISSC for building alternative and critical knowledge on fighting and preventing poverty. The CROP Scientific Committee provides guidance on scientific and academic aspects of CROP and is the main body for advising and formulating the overall scientific goals of the Programme. Nominations for the CROP Scientific Committee 2013-14 are sought, with a deadline of 1 December 2012. Ideal candidates are distinguished members of the international Science and Humanities community with an outstanding track record in poverty and development research. For details, see:

5. Association for Psychological Science (APS) Global Observer

The Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) monthly online publication, the Global Observer, is now publicly available at the link below. The web page will update each month with a new edition:

6. American Psychological Association (APA) Newsletter: Psychology International

The October edition of Psychology International, an APA Newsletter, is now available. The issue includes a wide variety of articles and new items of potential interest to IUPsyS member representatives, and may be seen at:

7. American Psychological Association (APA) Nominations and Grants

The American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking nominations for:
(a) APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology (deadline 1 June 2013)
(b) APA International Humanitarian Award (deadline 1 June 2013)
Details may be seen at:

The APA is seeking applications for the following grants:
(a) APA Grants for International Psychologists and Psychology Students to Attend the APA Annual Convention (deadline 1 May 2013)
(b) International Scientific Meeting Support Award (deadline 1 March 2013)
(c) Frances M. Culbertson Travel Grant (supports women from developing countries who are in the early stages of their careers by providing travel funds to attend international regional conferences in psychology)
Details for all these grants may be seen at:

8. Canadian Psychological Association Award

The Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology has been awarded to John W Berry, Canadian delegate to the IUPSyS Assembly over many years.

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International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) honors outstanding scientists

The President of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS), Professor Rainer K. Silbereisen and Past-President Professor J. Bruce Overmier, today revealed the names of five scientists who will receive the IUPsyS awards for the year 2012. The five awards, which honor outstanding achievements at the frontiers of science and meritorious commitment to humanity, are presented every four years. The awards embody the high priority IUPsyS places on developing, representing and advancing Psychology as a basic and applied science. Nominations for the awards were received from around the globe and recipients recommended to IUPsyS by juries of renowned experts.

 “It is impressive to see the enormous impact of the award recipients’ work in serving humanity,” said Rainer Silbereisen.

The award ceremonies will be held during the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP), July 22-27, 2012, in Cape Town, South Africa.

IUPsyS Lifetime Career Award:

Professor Emeritus Albert Bandura, Stanford University, USA

The IUPsyS Lifetime Career Award honors distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to international cooperation and advancement of knowledge in the field of psychological science.

During his professional career of 60 years, Albert Bandura conducted ground-breaking research that has had a fundamental impact on our understanding of the origins of aggressive behavior in children. His work, which includes his ‘social learning theory’, provided the foundations for a revolution in cognitive psychology during the 20th century, which has influenced psychology ever since. “Professor Bandura’s contributions to psychological science are amongst the most significant in the field”, explains IUPsyS President Rainer Silbereisen and adds: “He created the social cognitive theory and defined the construct of self-efficacy. His research has benefitted areas of societal importance such as education, social skills development, business, health promotion and sport. Albert Banduras work inspired us, he really served the humanity.”

Besides Sigmund Freud, B. F. Skinner and Jean Piaget, he is the fourth most cited psychologist in the field.

The award ceremony will be held in Cape Town at the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP) on 23 July 2012, International Convention Centre, Auditorium 2 (31), 11:00-12:00.

Further information:

Background information and images will be available from July 20th at

Fondation Mattei Dogan Prize in Psychological Science:

Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Birkbeck University of London, UK

The Fondation Mattei Dogan Prize recognizes a contribution that represents a major advancement in psychology by a scholar or team of scholars of high international reputation. The prize is supported by the Mattei Dogan Foundation, Paris.

Annette Karmiloff-Smith is one of the few researchers in the world who integrates psychology, genetics and neuroscience with computational modeling in order to produce a coherent picture of cognitive development in language, communication, counting and mathematical skills. “When she is working on a typical development, she always wants to ask what the developmental explanation is. In her research of cross-syndrome comparisons for example she traces cognitive-level deficits back to their origins in infancy”, says IUPsyS President Rainer Silbereisen. “She is an international scholar and scientist who, for the past 40 years, has been working at the intersections between educational and developmental psychology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, and linguistics.”

The award ceremony will be held in Cape Town at the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP) on 25 July 2012, International Convention Centre, Auditorium 2 (31), 11:00-12:00.

Further information:

Background information and images will be available from July 20th at

IUPsyS Achievement against the Odds Award

Dr Sathasivan (Saths) Cooper, Previously Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Durban-Westville

The Achievement Against the Odds Award honors a researcher or team of researchers who succeeded in conducting research under extremely difficult circumstances.

Despite suffering extreme personal hardship and risk, including imprisonment during the years of apartheid, Saths Cooper has succeeded, during his long career, in making a significant contribution to psychology in South Africa. “Dr Cooper is recognized as one of the key psychology leaders to have restored credibility to South African psychology, after years of isolation brought about by Psychology's historical association with the system of Apartheid,” says IUPsyS President Rainer Silbereisen. His undergraduate studies were abruptly ended in 1969 when he was rusticated from the University College Durban for his unwavering opposition to the creation of an ethnic University that would grant its own degrees. He was put under house arrest and jailed for a total of nine years. In 1998, he was declared a ‘victim of gross human rights violations’ by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Cooper is still actively working to enhance the international standing of African psychological research and increase its contribution to the field at a global level.

The award ceremony will be held in Cape Town at the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP) on 26 July 2012, International Convention Centre, Auditorium 2 (31), 11:00-12:00.

Further information

Background information and images will be available from July 20th at

IUPsyS Young Investigator Awards

The two Young Investigator Awards recognize young post-doctoral scientists who have already made a significant contribution to psychological science. One prize is awarded to a young investigator within basic science, the second one to a young researcher working within applied science.

IUPsyS Young Investigator Award (Applied Science)

Dr Naomi I. Eisenberger, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Naomi Eisenberger’s work addresses the question of why our social relationships have such a profound impact on our emotional and physical wellbeing. She uses behavioral, physiological, and neuro-imaging techniques to understand how our need for social connection leaves its mark on our minds, brains, and bodies. The topics of her research include the neural basis of social rejections and connection, and the benefits of social support to physical and mental health. “We honor Naomi I. Eisenberger for her creative, insightful, and landmark observations about research pertaining to ostracism/rejection and social pain, and their impact on the brain”, explains IUPsyS President Rainer Silbereisen.

IUPsyS Young Investigator Award (Basic Science)

Dr William Cunningham, Ohio State University, USA

Will Cunningham’s primary interest is how the mind represents value: how we learn what is good and bad, and how we make assessments of ourselves, others, events, objects and ideas. Dr Cunningham is unique in using highly effective combinations of behavioral measures, indicators of neural responses and computational approaches to tackle questions of moral decision-making as they play out in intergroup and interpersonal relations. “His work uniquely and innovatively synthesizes cutting-edge theory and methodology in social, cognitive, and neurological dimensions of psychological science”, says IUPsyS President Rainer Silbereisen.

The award ceremony will be held in Cape Town at the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP) on 26 July 2012, Westin Hotel, Westin Ballroom East, 12:30-13:00.

Further information:
Background information and images will be available from July 20th at

IUPsyS: The International Union of Psychological Science:
IUPsyS is dedicated to the development, representation and advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science nationally, regionally and internationally. Founded in 1951, it now includes over 70 national psychological associations and speaks on behalf of over half a million psychologists worldwide regarding all aspects of psychological science. It represents psychology in global science bodies (it is a member of the International Council for Science, ICSU, and the International Social Science Council, ISSC) and collaborates with key global agencies (such WHO and the UN) and with other international psychology bodies.

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For about a  century,  psychology in Georgia was part of philosophy. It became a separate discipline in the 19th century, with the publication of G. Kikodze’s book “The Bases of  Empirical Psychology”, the first psychological manual  used  in the Russian Empire (Georgia was a part of the Russian Empire then). Another book published in the 19th century, S. Dodashvili’s “Logic”, also discussed psychological issues.  

Psychology was institutionalized in 1918, when D. Uznadze gave the third introductory lecture in the newly founded  Tbilisi University.  The title of his lecture was “Theoretical and practical interests of psychology. What does psychology study?”. D. Uznadze received psychological and philosophical education in Germany, under the guidance of W. Wundt.