History and Mission

History and Mission

Institute for Research in Social Communication SAS (before Department of Social and Biological Communication) was established in 1990 as a centre of basic research into complex relations between the biological, social and cultural aspects of human existence. Its focus is on communication, which is both the subject of research and its methodological framework. The research is carried out within the conceptual frameworks of social psychology and other psychological sciences (neuropsychology, evolutionary psychology, health psychology, environmental psychology), as well as systematic philosophy, history of philosophy, logic and methodology of sciences, ethics, anthropology, pedagogy and other adjacent disciplines. In August 2011, the Centre for Pedagogy Research of SAS was established within the Institute.

The main areas of research carried out within the Institute focus on:

  • the issues of health and healthy life style (psychology of sexual health; specific aspects of education in relation to differences in cognitive development; environment and human behaviour; risk behaviour; life style);
  • the issues of human individual, social, and cultural identity;
  • citizenship and civic participation;
  • fundamental pedagogy research in societal, political and cultural contexts.

From the perspective of methodology, emphasis is laid on three principles:

  • transdisciplinarity
  • cross-cultural comparative frame
  • qualitative methodology in combination with other approaches.