Kurt Koffka

Kurt Koffka (kŏf´kə, Ger. kŏŏrt kôf´kä), 1886–1941, American psychologist, b. Germany, Ph.D. Univ. of Berlin, 1908. Before settling permanently in the United States in 1928 as a professor at Smith, he taught at Cornell and at the Univ. of Wisconsin. With Max Wertheimer and Wolfgang Köhler he is credited with developing the theories that gave rise to the school of Gestalt psychology. His book Growth of the Mind (1924) was considered responsible for awakening much interest in Gestalt concepts.

See his Principles of Gestalt Psychology (1935).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Kurt Koffka, An Unwitting Self-Portrait
Molly Harrower.
University Presses of Florida, 1983
Classics in Psychology
Thorne Shipley.
Philosophical Library, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Perception: An Introduction to the Gestalt-Theorie" by Kurt Koffka begins on p. 1128
Psychologies of 1925: Powell Lectures in Psychological Theory
Madison Bentley; Knight Dunlap; Walter S. Hunter; Kurt Koffka; Wolfgang Köhler; William McDougall; Morton Prince; John B. Watson; Robert S. Woodworth; Carl Murchison.
Clark University Press, 1928 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Mental Development" by Kurt Koffka
Psychologies of 1930
Carl Murchison.
Clark University Press, 1930
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Some Problems of Space Perception" by Kurt Koffka
Readings in Perception
David C. Beardslee; Michael Wertheimer.
D. Van Nostrand, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Points and Lines as Stimuli" by Kurt Koffka begins on p. 70, and "Perceived Motion" by Kurt Koffka begins on p. 368
Seeing Black and White
Alan Gilchrist.
Oxford University Press, 2006
Librarian’s tip: Koffka is discussed in Chap. 4 "The Gestalt Period"
A Hundred Years of Psychology: 1833-1933
J. C. Flugel; Donald J. West.
Basic Books, 1964
Librarian’s tip: "Configurationism (Gestalt) - Wertheimer, Kohler, Koffka" begins on p. 204
Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers
Stuart Brown; Diané Collinson; Robert Wilkinson.
Routledge, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Koffka, Kurt" begins on p. 403
Ecological Psychology in Context: James Gibson, Roger Barker, and the Legacy of William James's Radical Empiricism
Harry Heft.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Kurt Koffka begins on p. 214
The Legacy of Solomon Asch: Essays in Cognition and Social Psychology
Irvin Rock.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Kurt Koffka begins on p. 213
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