DIVISIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY
DIVISION OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Cognitive psychology is the discipline that investigates mental processes such as perception, attention, memory, thinking, language, consciousness, that is, knowledge structure and representation, as well as interactions between cognition, emotion, and self-regulation. The Cognitive Psychology Division of ELPSE aims to promote research in the field and communicate relevant findings through conferences, workshops and scientific publications. The Division also supports collaborations among academics and researchers in both cognitive psychology and related fields, in Greece and worldwide. Additionally, the Division aims to inform the public by communicating recent research findings and by promoting relevant applications in the domains of education, health, technology, organizations, communication, justice, etc.
DIVISION OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Social psychology studies the psychological aspects and processes involved in social phenomena. Some of the most well known fields of research in social psychology are stereotypes, attitudes, causal attributions, interpersonal interaction and social relations, group formation and group processes, social information, social identity and intergroup relations. Depending on their personal scientific interests, members of the Social Psychology Division participate in other relevant Divisions of the Society such as Divisions of Political Psychology, Cross-cultural Psychology, Psychology of Media Psychology and Technology, etc.
DIVISION OF COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY
The Division of Counseling Psychology is one of the applied specializations of Psychology, whose research and applications are concerned with issues of lifelong development and interpersonal functioning of the individual and, in particular, with difficulties related to various emotional, family, professional, educational as well as health issues. Key areas of the Division are also the importance of the interaction between the individual and the environment, the recognition of diversity, multiculturalism and oppressive systems, the emphasis on prevention and psycho-educational interventions and the linking of theory and research with clinical practice. The Division of Counseling Psychology of the Hellenic Psychological Society aims to develop further the field of counseling psychology in Greece and to support the training of counseling psychologists through the organization of various scientific events such as workshops, publications and conferences.
DIVISION OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Positive psychology is the science of the positive aspects and characteristics of life. Basic positive psychology concepts include character strengths and values, resilience, positive emotions, flow, savoring, meaning in life, self-compassion, optimism and hope. The discipline of positive psychology has grown rapidly since its development 20 years ago and has been applied in a wide range of fields such as education, psychotherapy, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, philosophy, organizations, and sports, among others. The Positive Psychology Division of ELPSE aims to promote the science of positive psychology in Greece through the dissemination of research findings and applications of positive psychology, as well as through the organization of scientific events and conferences.
DIVISION OF CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
Cross-cultural psychology focuses on the relationship between human behaviour and cultural contexts. It draws on traditional psychological subjects, such as perception, intelligence, development, psychopathology, communication, interpersonal and intergroup relations, and studies them in light of contextual variables, namely ecological, biological, economic and socio-cultural. Cross-cultural psychologists are interested in the universality of psychological theories and findings, on the one hand, and in the wide range of diversity observed between societies (through the mechanism of socialization), but also within societies (through acculturation and migration), on the other. Apart from cross-cultural comparison, Cross-cultural psychology is also about indigenous psychological theories, which are native, not transported from other regions, and designed for specific ethnocultural groups. Adding a broader level of analysis, i.e. culture, to the study of individual behaviour requires the development of appropriate measures and data analysis techniques. Thus, cross-cultural methodology enriches psychological research and contributes in understanding human behaviour within the ecological and sociocultural context.
DIVISION OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Neuropsychology refers to the study of the association between the structural and functional organization of the central nervous system. Neuropsychology aims to the understanding of cognitive and other functions in man and the ways they regulate human behavior in health and disease. With the application of an interdisciplinary approach, neuropsychology combines methods and techniques of various scientific fields, such as clinical psychology, psychometrics, neuroanatomy, neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, etc. There are numerous specializations in neuropsychology, such as developmental, cognitive, clinical, and experimental neuropsychology. The Division, in addition to supporting its members in their scientific endeavors as well as their applied work, aims at informing the general public on issues that are related to neuropsychology.
DIVISION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
The Division is committed to promoting school psychology, which is one of the main branches of applied psychology, and its interconnection with the community. School Psychology actively advocates domains such as prevention and treatment on issues regarding promotion of learning and psychosocial adaptation of students in the school settings and training of psychologists, educators and health professionals on the above issues. The School Psychology Division has organized conferences, workshops, training seminars and specialized training sessions for psychologists, educators, students and mental health professionals.
DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
The discipline of developmental psychology focuses on the scientific study of the cognitive, emotional, social, perceptual and biological changes in humans, that occur from before birth, through infancy, childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. The study of developmental psychology is essential to understanding how humans learn, mature and adapt. The Division of Developmental Psychology of ELPSE focuses on the promotion of scientific research in developmental psychology and the diffusion of research data through conferences, one-day seminars and publications. The Division supports the scientific collaboration between academics and researchers working in the field of developmental psychology as well as related fields in Greece and abroad. At the same time, it works actively in spreading contemporary research data in developmental psychology and promoting the relative implementations in schools, family, institutions, hospitals, etc.
DIVISION OF WORK & ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Work and Organizational Psychology (WOP) concerns the application of psychological principles, theories and methods in the context of work contributing in the improvement of organizational functioning and employees’ quality of life. The aim is to promote research in WOP, to apply empirical evidence in organizational practice, and to develop the collaboration of researchers from Greece and abroad. The Division is active in both research and practice and their interests cover various topics from employee recruitment and selection, training and evaluation, to employee motivation and development, organizational change, communication and career development, leadership and organizational culture, as well as employee well-being and work-family balance.
DIVISION OF PSYCHOLOGY OF CREATIVITY AND ARTS
The Psychology of Creativity and Arts includes the study of psychological and psychoeducational aspects of creativity, innovation and aesthetic – artistic experience, and has an interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral character in the context of Psychology. Through theory, research and related applications, it focuses on creativity and art as a complex interaction between individual processes – at perceptual, experiential, cognitive, emotional, educational, motivational and sociocultural level – and the generated work, as well as on learning, psychoeducational and executive aspects of artistic-aesthetic experience. It also aims at the design and implementation of psycho-educational and psychological-consultative interventions towards the enhancement, support and development of every form of creativity, innovation and art concerning the general population but also those people with great creativity, giftedness and/or talent, who seek self-knowledge, quality of life and well-being. The ultimate goal of the Division is to bring into contact and cooperation academic researchers and professionals, from Greece and abroad, in regards to research and applications of Psychology of Creativity and Arts, within or outside the context of the educational community.
DIVISION OF CLINICAL & HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
The Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychology of Health represents the related fields of clinical psychology and psychology of health. Clinical psychology deals with the implementation of psychological principles, methods and processes for the understanding, assessment, prediction and improvement of cognitive, affective, behavioural and social maladaptation, deficit or distress. Psychology of health is the field that studies and intervenes in psychosocial factors that contribute to the maintenance and improvement of bodily health, the expression and course of disease and health care. The Division has developed significant scientific work, such as conferences, seminars, scientific publications etc.
DIVISION OF POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Political psychology is an interdisciplinary academic field, which analyses the relationship between social psychological and political processes. In particular, political psychology focuses on the study of ideology, political thinking and political action and behavior of individuals and groups. Political psychologists aim at understanding the relationship between individuals as political actors and the political -institutional context in which they (inter)act and how societies are reproduced or changed. As an interdisciplinary field, political psychology draws on theoretical concepts and methodological principles from different sections of psychology, in particular social psychology, but it is also in dialogue with other disciplines such as political science, sociology, international relations etc. Amongst the popular topics of study in political psychology are nationalism, racism, fascism, social conflict and social cohesion, migration, identities, leadership, citizenship, rights, political participation and collective action, electoral behavior, political violence and radicalization.
DIVISION OF MEDIA PSYCHOLOGY & TECHNOLOGY