The Child

  • Hannah ProctorEmail author
Part of the Mental Health in Historical Perspective book series (MHHP)


As an icon of the future, the child was central to Soviet ideology. A new person with no experience of the pre-revolutionary world, yet one still dependent on education from adults, the question of how to create a properly revolutionary childhood was a paradox faced by Soviet psychologists and educators alike. Between 1923 and 1936 Luria engaged in a range of experiments with children, which are the focus of this chapter. These include experiments relating to the development of language and perception, experiments with twins and comparative experiments with children from different social backgrounds conducted at the Academy of Communist Upbringing in Moscow.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Social History of Health and HealthcareUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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