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Wertheimer, Max (1880–1943)

  1. Michael Wertheimer

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy1037

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Wertheimer, M. 2010. Wertheimer, Max (1880–1943). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. University of Colorado at Boulder

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Max Wertheimer's father Wilhelm directed a private business college for many years; his mother was an accomplished amateur violinist. A competent violinist and pianist himself, Wertheimer was educated at a Catholic school in Prague and then studied at Charles University in Prague, first law and then philosophy and psychology. He was particularly impressed by the teachings of the philosopher-psychologist Christian von Ehrenfels, who in 1890 had published an important paper on form qualities. In 1902, Wertheimer transferred to the University of Berlin, where he studied primarily philosophy and psychology with a number of notable members of the faculty, especially Carl Stumpf. In 1904, he moved to the University of Wurzburg, where he completed his PhD in psychology the same year, under Oswald Kulpe, with a dissertation on the use of the word-association method for the detection of criminal guilt.