Hugo Münsterberg

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Münsterberg, Hugo


Born July 1, 1863, in Danzig (now Gdańsk); died Dec. 16, 1916, in Cambridge, Mass. German psychologist and idealist philosopher; student of the German philosopher and psychologist W. Wundt.

Münsterberg received a professorship at the University of Freiburg in 1891. In 1892 he moved to the USA, where he became a professor at Harvard University. Under the influence of I. H. von Fichte and in the spirit of the Baden school of neo-Kantianism, Münsterberg developed a doctrine of values. In psychology, he was an advocate of a type of psychophysical parallelism. One of the founders of applied psychology, he wrote the first works on the determination of an individual’s suitability for a particular occupation.


Beiträge zur experimentallen Psychologie fascs. 1–4. Freiburg, 1889–92. Grundzüge der Psychologie, 2nd ed., vols. 1–2. Leipzig, 1918.
Philosophie der Werte, 2nd ed. Leipzig, 1921.
In Russian translation:
Psikhologiia i uchitel, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1915.
Osnovy psikhotekhniki, vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1924–25.
Psikhologiia i ekonomicheskaia zhizn’, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1924.


Wigmore, J. H. Münsterberg and the Psychology of Evidence. Illinois, 1909.
Münsterberg, M. H. Münsterberg: His Life and Work. New York-London, 1922.
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But let's start with a concrete example: German - American psychologist Hugo Munsterberg in his "Die Amerikaner" (Americans) makes a detailed description, how Americans look in the eyes of the Germans and the Germans in the eyes of Americans: He writes: "to the American, the German is a pedantic, petty, Slack, and slow acting man, that finds the pleasure in carry pipes, beer and skat.
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Film director, Keshavarz, will receive the Hugo Munsterberg Award for excellence in using film as a pathway to understanding human nature following the screening of "Circumstance" on April 15.
Both readers overlap in what stands today as the canon of film theory; chapters from Hugo Munsterberg, Andre Bazin, Christian Metz, Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey, Tom Gunning, and Bela Balazs are included, along with more recently incorporated figures, such as Gilles Deleuze and Lev Manovich, signaling the mainstreaming of both film philosophy and new media scholarship into film theory.
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At the turn of the twentieth century, the German emigrant Hugo Munsterberg, who became a professor of psychology at Harvard, wrote that since the American has no condescension to those beneath nor servility to those above, "he feels in every situation self-assured and equal; he is simply a master of himself, polite but frank, reserved but always kind.
To close on a biographical note, it is surely no coincidence that the late Hugo Munsterberg, who spent his childhood and adolescence in the Weimar Republic, and went on to become a distinguished art historian, represents just the sort of contribution made by German Jews to all fields of culture that his book illuminates.
Second, Posnock examines William's frosty dealings with Hugo Munsterberg (whom James recruited and imported from Germany to take over the psychology laboratories he had organized at Harvard) and his distaste for artificial academic specialization and discipline insulation fostered by "The PhD Octopus.
Human Science and Social Order: Hugo Munsterberg and the Origins of Applied Psychology (1980); and Jutta Spillmann & Lothar Spillmann, The Rise and Fall of Hugo Munsterberg, 29 J.
Following the film "War Don Don," Rebecca Richman Cohen, producer and director of the film, will be presented with the First Annual Hugo Munsterberg Award for psychology of human nature in cinema.
That said, this varies greatly from chapter to chapter, with a notable exception being Robert Sinnerbrink's discussion of the continued relevance of Hugo Munsterberg (which opens the collection), an extremely enjoyable piece that, in a single page, moves effortlessly from Silence of the Lambs through Ten Canoes to Irreversible.