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List of notable or famous psychologists from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top psychologists born in Russia and even some popular psychologists who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian psychologists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These psychologists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known psychologist from Russia is included when available.

This list has everything from Ivan Pavlov to Lev Vygotsky.

This historic psychologists from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian psychologists of note?" and "Who are the most famous psychologists from Russia?" These prominent psychologists of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian psychologists.

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Alexei Nikolaevich Leontiev, was a Soviet developmental psychologist, and the founder of activity theory. ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1903-1979)

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Profession: Psychologist, Scientist

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Alexander Vladimirovich Zaporozhets was a Soviet developmental psychologist, a student of Lev Vygotsky and Alexei Leontiev. Zaporozhets studied psychological mechanisms of voluntary movements, perception and action, as well as the development of thought in children. One of the major representatives ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1905-1981)

Profession: Psychologist, Scientist

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Bluma Zeigarnik is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Psychologists from Russia
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Bluma Wulfovna Zeigarnik was a Soviet psychologist and psychiatrist, a member of Berlin School of experimental psychology and Vygotsky Circle. She discovered the Zeigarnik effect and contributed to the establishment of experimental psychopathology as a separate discipline in the Soviet Union in the ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1901-1988)

Birthplace: Prienai, Lithuania

Profession: Psychologist, Scientist, Physician

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Boris Mikhailovich Teplov was a Russian psychologist who studied problems of inborn individual differences and talents and a founder of a Soviet psychological school of Differential psychology. His well-known opponent was Aleksey Leontyev who believed that people's talents are not inborn but rather ...more

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Age: Died at 69 (1896-1965)

Birthplace: Soviet Union

Profession: Psychologist

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Igor Kon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Psychologists from Russia
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Igor Kon


Igor Semyonovich Kon was a Soviet and Russian philosopher, psychologist, and sexologist. His scientific publications have been translated into many languages, such as English, German, and French. ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1928-2011)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Psychologist

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Ivan Pavlov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Psychologists from Russia
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Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning. From his childhood days Pavlov demonstrated intellectual brilliance along with an unusual energy which he named "the instinct for research". Inspired by the progressive ideas which D. I. Pisarev, ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1849-1936)

Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia, Ryazan Oblast, EuropeAsia, + more

Profession: Physiologist, Psychologist, Physician

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Age: 87

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Psychologist, Writer

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Lev Vekker


Lev Markovich Vekker, Russian: Лев Маркович Веккер was a Russian and American psychologist. His research focused on the problems of objectivity of human cognition. Vekker advanced a general theory of cognitive processes. ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1918-2001)

Profession: Psychologist

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