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I like the additions and changes to the constitution. It is clearer and more precise. I did have to chuckle about one clause that allows for the co-opting of members to help out!

 
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I like the additions and changes to the constitution. It is clearer and more precise. I did have to chuckle about one clause that allows for the co-opting of members to help out!

 
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Good afternoon:  I want to comments on the aims of our Association and, where possible, provide suggestions for another wording


 


2.1. The aims of the IACCP are to:


 


1.   facilitate communication and cooperation among scholars who study the relationships between culture and human behavior;


Comments:  (a) the wording 'the relationships between culture and human behavior' implies an explicit divide between two separate phenomena - culture and behavior - and does not reflect the more recent understanding of a mutual constitution of culture and human mind, experience and behavior. (b) Is the concept 'human behavior' solely represents all the richness of human functioning?  This wording is too narrow and strongly behavioristic. 


Suggestions: “… who study the mutually constitutive relationships between socio-cultural communities and human experience, mentalities, functioning and action/behavior”


3. Develop and test theories about the relationships between culture and human behavior;


Comment: again, there is only ‘human behavior’ that represents human psychology in this statement


Suggestion:   “Develop and test theories about dialectical relationships between various socio-cultural communities with their symbolic environments and human experience, mentalities, functioning and action/behavior”.


4. Test the generalizability of theories from all branches of psychology and related disciplines in all human societies;


Comment: this statement is unclear to me: what is the purpose of these generalizations; From what societies do these theories come from?


Suggestion: Test the generalizability of theories about human psychological functioning, which have been developed in particular socio-cultural communities, across other human societies and cultures in order to establish universal vs. culturally specific components of human mind and behaviour”.


5. Encourage the development of valid measurement techniques and research methodology in the study of human behavior;


Suggestion: 5. Encourage the development of new research methodologies including but not limited to new measurement techniques and procedures in the study of human experience, personalities, and behaviour in various socio-cultural communities.


6. encourage the incorporation of the knowledge and expertise gained by cross-cultural psychology into the main body of psychology;


Suggestion: “Encourage the development of the psychology where cultural and cross-cultural research on psychological phenomena and processes constitute fundamental components of the psychological knowledge”.


Sincerely,


Valery Chirkov

 
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