The project involves theoretical and empirical research on socio-psychological mechanisms shaping attitudes to global risks. The project’s relevance is associated with the ever-increasing worries about global geopolitical, social, economic, and technological risks in civil society.
Inpidual’s and group’s attitudes to natural and anthropogenic risks influence social conduct more and more. Collective phobias related to global risks are being used in election campaigns and information warfare. However, the socio-psychological mechanisms shaping persons’ and group’s attitude to global risks have not been made clear yet: along with acknowledgment of global risks’ psychological aspects significance, the world science witnesses deficiency of theoretical empirical research in this area. The project is aimed at detecting conditions when objective global threats become subjectively significant risks for an inpidual and for a social group, and factors shaping subjective position in relation to global risks, inpidual’s and group’s readiness to accept them as challenges, that is opportunities for coping and growth.
The factors for constructing social representations about globalrisks, that will be researched: geopolitical (including internationalmilitary conflicts, nuclear threat, large-scale terror attacks, statepower weakening etc.); social (forced migration, social unrest etc.);ecological (climate change, extreme weather phenomena etc.); economic(unemployment, abrupt changes in energy prices etc.), andtechnological (unexpected harmful consequences of new technologiesintroduction, including artificial intelligence, genetic engineeringetc.). For the first time ever the socio-psychological types ofinpidual’s relation to various global threats sources as well asmeans for coping with them will be extracted. For this purpose thequalitative and quantitative socio-psychological methods shall be usedas well as Big Data analysis and psychophysiological methods ofeye-tracking and electroencephalography.
Based on theoretical analysis of research in the field of global riskssocial psychology, there has been devised a program of empirical studyof mechanisms and resources for individual’s and group’s coping with‘grand challenges’. The mechanisms of emergence and functioning ofcollective fears over global threats will be defined, as well as therole played by collective feelings, collective memory and pastcollective traumas - all shaping attitude to global risks. Thesocio-psychological mechanisms of shaping global identity in differentsocial groups of Russians will be detected for the first time ever; aswill be the socio-psychologial mechanisms of shaping the long-termimage of Russia’s and humanity future. The socio-psychological conceptof social entities’ (family, organization, metropolitan population,Russian society in general) resilience in the global risks settingwill be worked out.
The project is aimed at developing socio-psychological technologiesfor supporting the positive vision of future, reflexive and proactivesearch for new opportunities when meeting big challenges. The means ofsupporting social sensitivity of the individual, large social groupsand Russian society in general to long-term challenges will beoffered. Some practical recommendations for deliberate coverage ofglobal risks problematics in mass and social media will be worked out,which will support immunity to panic feelings, proactivity andconstructive search for common solutions.
Для обсуждения итогов первого этапа исследования в рамках проекта организованы и проведены два семинара по психологии глобальных рисков
Всероссийская конференция с международным участием «Психологические проблемы личности и общества в условиях эпидемиологической угрозы»
конференция «Бизнес-психология: теория и практика» (27-28 ноября 2020 г., НИУ ВШЭ)
конференция «Socially-oriented innovations: psychology, economics and technologies for sustainable development of society and business» (Russia – Ibero-america -Iindia, November 10-13, 2020)