Images viewed in LR are lighter than when viewed in Photoshop

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Images viewed in LR 5.3 appear to be around 1/2 stop lighter than when viewed in Photoshop CC 14.1.2 or when exported as jpg. This started happening recently. Until recently, images always appeared the same when viewed in each program. Soft proofing is off in LR and PS. I'm stumped. Anyone got any ideas what could go wrong to cause this odd behavior?

I'm running Mac OSX 10.9.1 and the problem is the same whether I view on MacBook Pro retina screen or on a calibrated NEC wide gamut monitor.
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Lightroom's Develop module uses the ProPhotoRGB RGB working space profile. The default RGB working space profile in Photoshop is sRGB, which gives you far fewer colors. Change the sRGB profile to ProPhotoRGB in Photoshop's color settings, then change your External Editing profile (in Lightroom's preferences) to ProPhoto if you use Edit In Photoshop. If you export your images, choose that profile when you export. That way, everything will be in sync.
Note that this might not work as well if you're going to the web (sRGB is probably a better bet), but it should work best for high-end / high-end desktop printing.