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    Adolf-Würth-Center for the History of Psychology

    Measurements of the course of time of convulsionary animal muscles

    Hermann Helmholtz
    Hermann Helmholtz (1821-1894)

    At the age of only 28, Hermann Helmholtz published a paper titled
    “Measurements of the course of time of convulsionary animal muscles and the propagation speed of the stimulation of nerves” at Johannes Müller’s archive for anatomy and physiology. In 1852, he completed his article under the headline:
    “Measurements of the stimulation of nerves and their propagation speed.”Both publications are important cornerstones in the history of establishing a scientific-oriented and quantifying psychology.Animal muscles and their course of timeThe following publications are important cornerstones regarding the development of psychology in its scientific and quantifying context.Produced by the designers from in collaboration with Dr. Jost Lemmerich, the current exhibition of the Adolf-Würth-Center features a mute computer animation of Helmholtz’s experiment that can also be watched online. Firstly, we would like to thank the Fachgruppe für „Geschichte der Psychologie“ within the DGPs for their financial support and secondly would we also like to acknowledge the work of the freelancer workers at, who kept the animation at moderate cost.




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