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    H. v. Helmholtz (1821–1894) conducted detailed research into the physiology and psychophysics of hearing. In a computer animation we show the structure and functionality of the acoustic organ und thus remind of the Helmholtz’s research achievement.

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    Time for a change

    12/20/2012

    After almost three years the exhibition “First steps of experimental psychology” has recently been brought to an end. Amongst others the last visitors were students from California who created the following video. Soon we will open a new exhibition about Hermann v. Helmholtz.

     

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    A new finding aid of more than hundered pages for our collection of booklets is online.

    Click here to download the searchable pdf-file.

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    The next conference of the ESHHS will take place from 30th of July to 2nd of August 2013 at the Oswald Külpe Lecture Hall at the University of Würzburg. You can view some pre-conference video-impressions here. Further information will follow.

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    The archival collection of the Adolf-Würth-Center contains a large number of offprints as of 1875 newly compiled in a finding aid available here. Hardcopies can be ordered.

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    The literacy estate of Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909) is one of the most important in the history of psychology. The Adolf-Würth-Center is happy to inform you that we are now able to present an extensive finding aid of more than 250 pages.

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    With the finding aids for Wilhelm Arnold (1911-1983) and Heiner Erke (1939-2007) we offer two new sources for the recent history of the German psychology after the Second World War.

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    The estate of the well-known memory-psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909) was recently donated to the Adolf-Würth-Center for the History of Psychology by Ebbinghaus’ family.

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    Cinematic insights into the Department of Psychology and its functioning during the Nazi regime are rare. The Adolf-Würth-Center was able to obtain such a film about the Institute in Jena.

     

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    A hundred years ago, Max Wertheimer’s paper about the perception of motion was published. His studies about the Phi-Phenomena, performed by the wheel tachistoscope, marked the beginning of the Frankfurt School of Gestaltpsychologie.

     

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    There are two aspects making psychologist Georg Ernst Anschütz quite unique: first of all, he dealt with the early phenomena of synaesthesia; secondly, there is his highly controversial association with the Nazi regime. The Adolf-Würth-Centre for the history of Psychology received a gift that may help to understand Anschütz' life and work a lot better.

     

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