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KOHLER WILL DELIVER WILLIAM JAMES LECTURES

Leader of Gestalt School Holds Most Important Post In Psychology In Europe

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Wolfgang Kohler, foremost member of the school of Gestalt psychology, and professor of Philosophy and Director of the Psychological Institute at Berlin, will deliver this year the William James Lectures in Philosophy and Psychology at Harvard. Professor Kohler holds, as successor the famous psychologist, Stumpf, the most important European post in psychology, a position to which he was appointed in 1921 when he was only thirty-four years old.

He first came into international fame for his researches on psychological acoustics, and after the World War he gained greater prominence because of his ingenious and insightful experiments upon the intelligence of apes. It is by this work and his popular lectures upon it that he is best known in America to persons who are not psychologist.

Professor Kohler is now recognized as the leader of the school of Gestalt psychology, which has centered in Berlin for more than a decade. Gestalt psychology began by attacking certain fundamental tenets of traditional psychology, and, although the school has met with much opposition, it is nevertheless true that it has greatly altered the picture of the psychology of today.

Professor Kohler has frequently been in America and his skill and charm as a lecture in English as in German are well known. In choosing the relation of psychology to other sciences as the topic of the William James Lectures he will be presenting to Harvard audiences his views about Gestalt psychology as opposed to the older conventional psychology.

The lectures will be given in Emerson D, on successive Tuesdays at 5 o'clock, beginning October 9th. The title of the course is "Beyond Psychology: Psychology and the Study of Nature."

The titles of the lectures as follows; October 9, "The Case Against Science"; October 16, "On Meaning"; October 23, "A Pluralistic Universe"; October 30, "General Problems of Psychophysics"; November 6, "Special Problems of Psychophysics; November 13, "On Memory"; November 20, "On Learning and Intelligence"; November 27, "Psychology and Biology"; December 4, "On Real Meaning"; December 11, "Psychology and Physics."

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