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Koffka, Kurt

(Curt; 1886–1941). Psychol.; b. Berlin, Ger.; educ. Berlin and Edinburgh; asst. to Oswald Külpe (1862–1915; Ger. philos. and psychol.; b. Kandava, Latvia) and Karl Marbe (1869–1953; Ger. philos. and psychol.; b. Paris, Fr.) at Würzburg, Ger.; taught at academy Frankfurt am Main 1910–11; prof. Giessen 1911, Smith Coll., Northhampton, Massachusetts, 1927; helped popularize Gestalt psychol. (see Educational Psychology, D 5; Psychology, J 5). Ed. journal Psychologische Forschung; other works include The Growth of the Mind (tr. R. M. Ogden); Principles of Gestalt Psychology.


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