Institute of Experimental

Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences, S.A.Sc.

Dúbravská cesta 9
841 04 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
"I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions
come by accident; they came by work."           T. A. Edison


Company to the sick and dying – Volunteering in hospitals and palliative wards

Hatoková Mária a kolektív

Year of publication: 2009
Publisher: DON BOSCO, Bratislava
Number of pages: 215 p.
ISBN: 978-80-8074-095-5


The book does not answer all questions, does not even attempt to. The main aim is to provide stimuli, not to bring in verdicts. The book attempts to approach key areas necessary for the establishment of the basic image to the problem of keeping company to gravely ill and dying. From the viewpoint of volunteer work, keeping company to gravely ill and incurable oncologic patients is one of the most difficult tasks. This book explains the motivation behind the volunteers’ work, offers a lot of new information on tumor diseases and especially an instruction manual, how to provide good company and be beneficial for those we are visiting as well as for our own personal growth.

Thinking – personality – wisdom

Ruisel Imrich a kolektív

Year of publication: 2008
Publisher: Slovak Academic Press, Bratislava
Number of pages: 276 p.
ISBN: 978-80-88910-25-1


The monograph was published by the Centre of Excellence in the Research of Cognitions SASc. (CEVKOG). The focus lies on the subjective aspects of cognition. The book was co-authored by 17 authors, who by modern standards critically review present trends in the research of cognitive processes that are focused more on the isolated study of “pure cognitions”. The main aim of the authors is to obtain relevant findings on the effect of cognitive functions as thinking, problem solving, decision making, intelligence, creativity and wisdom on personality variables and socio-cultural regulators of activity.

Quality of life and social capital – psychological dimensions

Bačová Viera (Ed.)

Year of publication: 2008
Publisher: Filozofická fakulta Prešovskej univerzity v Prešove, Prešov
Number of pages: 318 p.
ISBN: 978-80-8068-747-2


The collective monograph offers a theoretical and research view of fields not very common within Slovak and Czech psychology. It deals with questions on the quality of life and human and social capital as psychological and socio-psychological phenomena in the broader context of social sciences. This book is a survey of present thinking, sophistication and conceptual differentiation in foreign perspectives of these phenomena. The authors complete the survey with their own empirical studies.

Theoretical section of the monograph includes the following chapters:
Quality of life and social capital – comparison of concepts and theories - Viera Bačová
Definitions, theoretical models and indicators of the quality of life - Peter Babinčák
Social capital – psychological dimensions - Viera Bačová
Communities, social networks and social capital - Zuzana Makovská
Present concepts of trust in psychology - Tatiana Jusková

Section Empirical research includes the following chapters:
Therapist’s expertise as the basis for trust in a relationship in therapy - Gabriela Mikulášková
Predictors of life satisfaction in European Social Survey data - Peter Babinčák
Quality of life in autobiographies of women - Natália Sedlák Vendelová
Individuals in communities – values and identifications - Viera Bačová, Peter Babinčák
Trust and trustworthiness assessed through decision to trust and be trustworthy – variation of the „Trust game“ process - Viera Bačová, Tatiana Jusková
Quality of life in psychological counseling - Elena Pavluvčíková

Meaning of life from the perspective of psychology

Halama Peter

Year of publication: 2007
Publisher: Slovak Academic Press, Bratislava
Number of pages: 223 p.
ISBN: 978-80-8095-023-1


The book focuses on the psychological aspect of experiencing the meaning in human life. Author describes the foundations of this problem within the theories of renowned psychologists. He sees the basis of psychological understanding of this problem in the sphere of motivation, i.e. the need for meaning. Author analyzes experiencing the meaning of life, where he distinguishes cognitive, motivational and emotional aspects of this problem. Furthermore, he deals with the role of the meaning of life in optimal human functioning, coping with load situations, and sees this phenomenon from the aspect of psychology of development and of personality. The book includes also a description on methodological and diagnostic contexts of the meaning of life as well as its practical application in psychological disciplines.

Newer psychological aspects of religiosity and spirituality

Stríženec Michal

Year of publication: 2007
Publisher: Slovak Academic Press, Bratislava
Number of pages: 166 p.
ISBN: 978-80-88910-24-4


Following author’s previous monograph (Present psychology of religion, 2001), this book introduces new approaches to the psychology of religion, issues of science and faith, spirituality (especially scales of spirituality – two of them were verified by the author in our domestic conditions) and such, based on foreign and domestic literature.

NEO Five-Factor Inventory (from NEO Five-Factor Inventory by P.T. Costa a R.R. McCrae) – First Slovak edition

Ruisel Imrich, Halama Peter

Year of publication: 2007
Publisher: Testcentrum – Hogrefe, Praha
Number of pages: 45 p.


This psychodiagnostic handbook presents the Slovak version of the NEO Five-Factor Inventory by the American authors P.T.Costa a R.R.McCare. NEO-FFI consists of 60 items divided into five factors: Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, where the name NEO is derived from the first three factors. The Inventory is intended for purposes of research and practical application (for counseling, clinical, education, school or work psychology). The Big Five concept presents the current peak of factor-analytical personality research. The handbook contains basic information on administration, theoretical framework, interpretation of achieved results, basic information on reliability and validity, as well as norms.

Through psychology to metanoi

Kováč Damián

Year of publication: 2007
Publisher: VEDA, Bratislava
Number of pages: 475 p.
ISBN: 978-80-224-0965-0


The highly scientific monograph focuses on current problems of present psychology. Attention is paid to the position of man in the world, the role of science, practical aspect of psychology and the development of personality and its environment.

Religiosity, spirituality and personality. Selected chapters from the psychology of religion

Halama Peter, Adamovová Lucia, Hatoková Mária, Stríženec Michal

Year of publication: 2006
Publisher: Don Bosco, Bratislava
Number of pages: 165 p.
ISBN: 80-88910-22-6


Topics presented in this book can serve as a bridge between the psychology of personality and psychology of religion and spirituality. The first chapter discusses opinions of renowned psychologists on the relation between personality and spirituality (M. Stríženec). In chapter two, P. Halama focuses on the context of personality in religious conversion. L. Adamovová subjects to analysis the phenomenon of religious fundamentalism in the context of personality and cognitive characteristics. M. Hatoková addresses the concept of God in personality (e.g. self-concept, coping) and cultural context. The final chapter (M. Stríženec) is a survey of methods for the assessment of various aspects of religiosity and spirituality.

Reflections on intelligence and personality

Ruisel Imrich a kolektív

Year of publication: 2006
Publisher: Slovak Academic Press, Bratislava
Number of pages: 200 p.
ISBN: 80-88910-20-X


The tendencies mentioned in this monograph emphasize the so called multi-factor concept of intelligence. The focus lies on abstract, but also practical, social, moral, spiritual and existential intelligence. The book is divided into two sections. The first is characterized by the link between intelligence and personality; this section introduces findings obtained in the Centre of Excellence in the Research of Intelligence and Creativity SASc. (CEVIT) – the reader is presented with information on the research of cognitive processes of personality conducted at the Institute of Experimental Psychology SASc. within the concept of psychoregulation (D. Kováč); on the history of the concept of social intelligence, its relation to emotional intelligence and social competence, assessment methods – adapted and original (J. Výrost, F Baumgartner); on implicit theories of intelligence and their relation to performance, personality and coping with load situations (Z. Ruiselová, A. Prokopčáková). The second section is characterized by the link between intelligence, spirituality and wisdom. This section focuses on existential intelligence in the process of searching for the meaning of life. The author offers his own definition of existential intelligence (P. Halama); analysis of the concept of spiritual intelligence and its possibilities of assessment (M. Stríženec); cognitive orientation on spirituality in relation to personality (Big 5) and image of God (L. Adamovová, M. Hatoková); an evolutionary approach to intelligence (D. Lupták); analysis of personality development and gain of wisdom in the context of life (I. Ruisel). Authors present their own findings.

Wisdom – intelligence – personality

Ruisel Imrich (red.)

Year of publication: 2006
Publisher: Don Bosco, Bratislava
Number of pages: 169 p.
ISBN: 80-88910-19-6


The monograph presents findings of several co-authors who study different aspects of intelligence and wisdom in a broader and closer context. The majority of them work at the Institute of Experimental Psychology and are members of the Centre of Excellence in the Research of Intelligence and Creativity SASc. (CEVIT), but also experts from partner institutions (SVÚ SAV Košice, VÚDPaP Bratislava, FSEV UK Bratislava, FF TU Trnava, FSVaZ UKF Nitra, PÚ FF MU Brno).

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