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Psychology | Heinz Werner and Developmental Science

Heinz Werner and Developmental Science

Valsiner, Jaan (Ed.)

2005, XI, 439 p.

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Heinz Werner (1890-1964) was one of the three key developmental psychologists of the 20th century – along with Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. This book is a new exploration of Werner’s ideas and their social contexts – in Vienna in his student years, in Hamburg up to 1933, followed by the years of transit as an immigrant to America at times of economic depression, finally culminating in his establishment of the prominent "Clark tradition" in American psychology in the 1950s. The book offers an in-depth analysis of Werner’s ideas as they were originally formulated in Vienna and Hamburg, and how they were changed by North American influences. Werner’s pivotal role between European and American intellectual traditions is illuminated through the use of rich memories of his former students, unique documents from Werner’s personal library at Clark, and analyses of links with other European traditions in philosophy and biological sciences. The European period (prior to 1933) in Werner’s academic life is found to be definitive for Werner’s contributions to science. The ideas developed in his early career continued in the form of a productive empirical research program in the 1950s at Clark. An analysis of the social-intellectual climate of the development of psychology in America in the 1950s is a special feature of this book that will further enhance an understanding of Werner’s unique contribution

This book will be of interest to developmental psychologists, sociologists and historians of science, philosophers, practitioners working in special education and neuropsychology, and for general readers interested in the history of ideas and life courses of scientists.

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Table of contents 

General Introduction: Developmental Science in the making: The role of Heinz Werner Jaan Valsiner Basic Life Course: Heinz Werner Part I. THE EUROPEAN ROOTS RE-EXAMINED Chapter 1: The context of the formation of Heinz Werner’s ideas Ulrich Müller Chapter 2: Heinz Werner and the Psychological Institute in Hamburg Kurt Kreppner Chapter 3: The making of a developmental psychologist Rene van der Veer Part II. TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENT: WERNER IN NORTH AMERICA Chapter 4: Metaphor and perception Leonard Cirillo Chapter 5: Re-thinking development Bernie Kaplan -- in interview with Sunil Bhatia and Ingrid E. Josephs Chapter 6: The Sensory-tonic Field Theory of Perception Seymour Wapner Part III. THE WORLD AT CLARK: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONTEXT Chapter 7: The Clark Years: Creating a culture Jennifer Lane, Mariola Magovcevic and Becca K. Solomon Chapter 8: Heinz Werner: Mentor and Mensch Thomas Mulholland Chapter 9: Werner: Orthogenesis as life style Irving Hurwitz Chapter 10: Heinz Werner, My Spiritual Grandfather: A Little Giant with Transparent Blinders Sandor Brent Chapter 11: Feeling for others: Werner’s interpersonal style Robert Baker Chapter 12: Personal Experiences with Heinz Werner at Clark University Arnold Miller Chapter 13: WernerRecollected Leonard Cirillo Chapter 14: Relating to Dr. Werner: Past and Present Roger Bibace Part IV. TRANSFORMING WERNER’S HERITAGE Chapter 15: The Theory of Phenomenal Psychology Louis Carini Chapter 16: Critical Person-in-Environment Transitions Across the Life Span Seymour Wapner and Jack Demick Chapter 17: The Primate Phylogeny of Cognitive Ontogeny Jonas Langer Chapter 18: Werner's Developmental Thought in the Study of Adult Psychopathology Marion Glick and Edward Zigler Chapter 19: Heinz Werner: Catalyst for a New Way of Understanding and Treating Children on the Autism Spectrum Arnold Miller General Synthesis: Recurring agendas: Integration of Developmental Science Jaan Valsiner

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