XXII International Congress of Psychology
July 6-12, 1980, Leipzig, German Democratic Republic
Psychology returns to its origins by sponsoring the 22nd International Congress of Psychology, Leipzig, German Democratic Republic, 1980
[from History of the International Union of Psychological Science]
The 22nd International Congress of Psychology was held in Leipzig, on July 6–12, 1980, with 4015 individuals registered from 58 countries. The congress attracted a large number of psychologists from the socialist countries of Eastern Europe. Opening addresses were given by Friedhart Klix, President of the congress, Hans-Joachim Bohme, Minister for Higher and Technical Education of the GDR, and Arthur Summerfield, President of the IUPS. Klix spoke on the evolution of cognitive processes from animal to contemporary human problem solving, and Summerfield commented on the special historical significance of meeting in Leipzig 100 years after the founding by Wilhelm Wundt of the first psychological laboratory at the University of Leipzig.
The main body of the congress consisted of 37 invited lectures by distinguished psychologists from throughout the world; 57 symposia on a wide range of topics; 62 thematic sessions comprised of individual papers; 10 psychological films; and 36 free sessions—nearly 1300 contributions. A total of 42 young psychologists were welcomed from 13 countries; 72 exhibitors displayed their materials and instruments; and 13,000 tickets were sold for cultural events associated with the congress. Income was approximately 500,000 marks, and the Government of the GDR paid the difference between income received and expenses for the congress.
The opening addresses and invited lectures were bound and distributed at the congress in a preliminary version of the congress proceedings. All of the symposia and papers presented in the thematic sessions were also listed in this early version by title and author, together with an alphabetical listing of most registrants and their mailing addresses. The authors of presentations came from 40 different countries, the largest number being from the host country, the GDR. Large delegations of at least 100 psychologists also attended from neighboring Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as from the United States and Japan, testifying once again to the importance of holding international congresses in different parts of the world as a way of involving a greater diversity of psychologists in global activities.
Selected papers presented at the Congress were edited and published in 1982 by North-Holland in a series of ten volumes as follows:
- Richter-Heinrich, E., & Miller, N.E. (Eds.), Biofeedback—Basic Problems and Clinical Applications
- Schmidt, H.D., & Tembrock, G. (Eds.), Evolution and Determination of Animal and Human Behavior
- Kossakowski, A., & Obuchowski, K. (Eds.), Progress in Psychology of Personality
- Hacker, W., Volpert, W., & von Cranach, M. (Eds.), Cognitive and Motivational Aspects of Action
- Bachmann, W., & Udris, I. (Eds.), Mental Load and Stress in Activity
- Klix, F., Hoffmann, J., & Van der Meer, E. (Eds.), Cognitive Research in Psychology
- Glaser, R., & Lompscher, J. (Eds.), Cognitive and Motivational Aspects of Instruction
- Hiebsch, H., Brandstatter, H., & Kelley, H.H. (Eds.), Social Psychology
- Geissler, H.-G., & Petzold, P. (Eds.), Psychophysical Judgement and the Process of Perception
- Groner, R., & Fraisse, P. (Eds.), Cognition and Eye Movements
- Sinz, R., & Rosenzweig, M.R. (Eds.), Psychophysiology: Memory, Motivation and Event-Related Potentials in Mental Operations.