The Criminal

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


Focused on Luria’s The Nature of Human Conflicts, or Emotion, Conflict and Will published in English translation in 1932, this chapter explores experiments, including word association tests, Luria conducted in police cells with people suspected or convicted of murder and explores connections between these experiments and his contemporaneous engagement with psychoanalysis. Luria’s short, matter-of-fact case histories give vivid, violent and sometimes bizarre insights into the lives of ordinary Soviet people in Moscow during the period of the New Economic Policy (1922–1928). This chapter asks what implications Luria’s lack of interest in the social details revealed in his clinical material had on his experimental methods and conclusions.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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