Classic Texts in the Sciences

Max Wertheimer Productive Thinking

Authors: Wertheimer, Max

Editors: Sarris, Viktor (Ed.)

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  • Presents an exposition of Gestalt psychology
  • Offers a detailed account of the genesis and reception of Wertheimer's work
  • Translated original text and detailed historical commentary by Viktor Sarris
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Max Wertheimer (1880-1943), a pioneer of 20th-century psychology, had a major influence on the development of cognitive psychology, especially the psychology of perception and of productive thinking. His work "Productive Thinking" (1945), written in New York, is regarded as a milestone in creativity research. Consisting of many examples of creative thought processes - from geometric tasks to socio-psychologically relevant conflict resolutions to the development of Einstein's theory of relativity - the book leads the reader through a multi-faceted body of thought in the psychology of thinking.

Only a few texts in psychology have remained significant even after a period of three quarters of a century - Max Wertheimer's Productive Thinking is such an exception. This book, which also presents an exposition of Gestalt psychology, highlights the "productive" (insightful) versus automatic (unreflected) thought processes for many areas of life. In addition to examples from school teaching, the chapter on the emergence of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is of lasting interest to today's generation of psychologists, pedagogues, brain researchers, neuroscientists and philosophers. Wertheimer had the unique opportunity to analyze Einstein's thinking in direct conversation. An introductory commentary by Viktor Sarris for this new edition of the first publication of Productive Thinking in 1945 offers a detailed account of the genesis and reception of Wertheimer's work.


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Author

Max Wertheimer (1880-1943), the main founder of Gestalt psychology, taught and conducted research in perception and psychology of thinking in Frankfurt am Main and in Berlin. He emigrated to the USA in 1933 to continue his research and teaching at the New School for Social Research (New York). His work "Productive Thinking" (1945) was posthumously published there as his chief work.

 

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Viktor Sarris is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, in particular General Psychology, and the former holder of the Max-Wertheimer Chair at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. His work focuses on perceptual as well as cognitive psychology, comparative psychophysics and the history of psychology.


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Max Wertheimer Productive Thinking
Authors
Editors
  • Viktor Sarris
Series Title
Classic Texts in the Sciences
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36063-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36063-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36062-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-36065-8
Series ISSN
2365-9963
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 257
Number of Illustrations
165 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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