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Culture in society, between groups, and across generations

On June 8-9 the International Scientific-Education Laboratory for Sociocultural Research hosted an international conference “Culture in society, between groups, and across generations”. Scientists from Greece, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, and the USA took part in the conference.

The conference opened with an address from Maykel Verkuyten (Utrecht University, Netherlands) on the formation of national identity and psychological needs satisfied by national identity.

There were four sessions in the conference. The work began with a session on intergroup Relations, and members of ISELSCR, Laboratory for comparative social research, and invited speakers talked about strategies of acculturation of migrants, predictors of perceived social distance between groups and intergroup empathy, and idiosyncrasies of the functioning of ethnic identity in Russia.

Session on values and value transmission included talks on the influence of personal values on trust in the media, life satisfaction, and perceptions of sexual liberalization, as well as values transmission across generations in Russia and countries of Europe. Colleagues from the International laboratory for positive psychology presented on the role of culture in meaning-making, differences in normative expressions of happiness and unhappiness in Russia and the USA, and presented their cross-cultural study on the role of responsibility in well-being in Russia and the USA.

The conference concluded with presentations on social capital and economic behavior. This session included studies on trust, predictors of social capital, poverty, and corruption.