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Author Pind, Jörgen L., author

Title Edgar Rubin and psychology in Denmark : figure and ground / Jörgen L. Pind
Published Cham : Springer, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (x, 228 pages) : illustrations
Series History and philosophy of psychology, 1572-1914
History and philosophy of psychology, 1572-1914
Contents 1. Growing up in Copenhagen -- Copenhagen, 1833 -- Jews in Denmark -- Family and early years -- Education -- Gazing into the heavenly light -- 2. Psychology without a soul -- The lure of metaphysical longings -- A bon papa sort of man -- A quality of familiarity -- Food for thought -- Tutorials in the Philosophical Factory -- 3. Apprentice in Lehman's Laboratory -- The psychologist dares not experiment on the soul -- The intrepid experimenter -- Aristotle and Socrates in Copenhagen -- Ekliptika -- Paradoxical warmth -- Magister artium -- 4. Triumph and tragedy in academia -- Sympathetic understanding -- Purgatory in Gt tingen -- Hffding's last lecture -- Rubin's revolution in perception -- The boat of my soul staggers -- Hffding's successor -- 5. Philosopher or psychologist -- Competing for a professorate -- The metaphysician in overalls -- Lehmann's successor -- The end of an era -- Drawn unto the Gestalt bandwagon -- 6. The aspective psychologist -- Explorations in the human sensorium -- An old-fashioned introspectionist -- Playing the part of your bad conscience -- Popularizing psychology -- Pest over Europe -- A taste for England -- Aspective Psychology -- Occupation, arrest, and the flight to Sweden -- 7. Final years and legacy -- The return from Sweden -- Remembering Rubin -- Rubin and Bohr -- The consummate observer -- Rubin's vase
Summary Is it a glass centerpiece--or is it really two faces? The familiar optical illusion known as the Rubin Vase embodies the complexities of the brain's recognition of visual figures and backgrounds. Its creator's accomplishments, however, extend far beyond this well-known concept. Edgar Rubin and Psychology in Denmark tours a tumultuous century of history, politics, culture, and thought as reflected in the intellectual life of Denmark following the Golden Age of Kierkegaard and H.C. Andersen. Rubin's scholarly journey takes him from the debate over the scientific study of "the soul" to the maturation of perceptual psychology, providing both human context for our modern understanding of consciousness and a timeline for the recognition of psychology as science. Besides his revolutionary discoveries in visual perception, less-known aspects of his work are explored, such as his observations on taste and the perception of speech, as is his relationship--and reluctant contribution--to Gestalt theory. In these pages, Rubin is portrayed as a thinker simultaneously of his time and place and distinctly universal and modern. Included in this fascinating biography: The role of philosophy in the development of psychology. From psychophysics to experimental psychology. The education of psychologists. Rubin and the phenomenological approach in psychology. The impact of Rubin's work on Visually Experienced Figures and why it still resonates today. Setback and perseverance during World War Two. Niels Bohr and Edgar Rubin. Rubin's later work and legacy to modern psychology. For those interested in the history of psychology and the history of ideas, and for students and specialists in perceptual psychology, Edgar Rubin and Psychology in Denmark will inform, inspire, and even delight
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed August 20, 2013)
Subject Rubin, Edgar, 1886-1951.
Psychology -- Denmark -- History
Psychologists -- Denmark -- Biography
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
PSYCHOLOGY -- Reference.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783319010625