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The Laboratory fellows at the 28th International Congress of the Association of Applied Psychology

From 8 to 13 July, Paris hosted the 28th International Congress of the Association of Applied Psychology (ICAP) organized by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

Scientific director of the Laboratory, Shalom Schwartz, spoke at the Congress as a keynote lecturer on a topic "Value bases of socio-political attitudes across 15 countries". 

The Laboratory members organized 2 symposia called "Relations of values to behavior, personality, and subjective well-being" (convenor - S.H.Schwartz) and " Applying Schwartz value theory in a diverse society: The role of context" (convenor - L.Grigoryan). The latter held presentations of research interns of the Lab, Alyona Khaptsova and Ekaterina Romanova. 

In his lecture, Shalom Schwartz presented the results of a large-scale cross-cultural study on the role of values in explaining different political systems. He showed that there are both universal and specific relations of values and political attitudes in all countries. The latter being unique to the post-communist countries, are found to be more common for Conservation values (according to S.H.Schwartz theory). 

At symposium organized by S.H.Schwartz, Claudio Torres (Brazil) presented a study of relationship of values and behavior, Ronald Fisher (New Zealand) showed the connection values to personality traits, Andrew Elster (Israel) spoke about the perception of one’s own values and values of others as the basis of subjective well-being. 

The symposium organized by L. Grigoryan held five speakers: Anabel Kuntz (Germany), Martti Puohiniemi (Finland), and three members of the Laboratory. 

Lusine Grigoryan presented the results of her study on the effect of individual values on people’s attitudes toward cultural diversity, and the role of status as an ethnic majority or a minority in the relation of values to these attitudes. Alyona Khaptsova presented her study on the relationship of congruence of individual values of reference groups with subjective well-being of the inhabitants of different Russian regions. Ekaterina Romanova spoke about rural-urban differences in individual values of residents in the Central region of Russia and North Caucasus.