Memories, Thoughts, and Emotions: Essays in Honor of George Mandler

Memories, Thoughts, and Emotions: Essays in Honor of George Mandler

Memories, Thoughts, and Emotions: Essays in Honor of George Mandler

Memories, Thoughts, and Emotions: Essays in Honor of George Mandler


For the past forty years, the ideas and findings of George Mandler -- and George Mandler himself -- have been highly influential throughout the field of experimental psychology. Not only has he helped to advance the study of cognition and emotion in many ways, but he also offered assistance and encouragement to numerous young researchers who may expand on the knowledge acquired thus far. The editors of this festschrift feel that one of the greatest strengths of Mandler's work is the blend of European theorizing and American empiricism. This volume contains contributions from friends and colleagues who have been influenced in one way or another by this accomplished psychologist.


This book is about our memories, our thoughts, and our emotions about George Mandler. As the title of the book suggests, this collection of essays was compiled by Bill Kessen and ourselves as a Festschrift to honor our friend and colleague George Mandler on the occasion of his (more-or-less) retirement from the hurly- burly of an active teaching and research career. Manuscripts were solicited from the contributors at dead of night and by means of elaborately coded signals so that the finished book could be presented as a surprise to a suitably astonished George at a party in his honor held in Los Angeles in March 1991.

George is not the easiest person in the world to keep a secret from, since he takes--let us say--a "lively interest" in the doings of his colleagues, often with a view toward providing anecdotes for the later amusement of his friends. So it was particularly gratifying that we should, for once, know something that George did not, and this feeling added to the pleasure of preparing a tribute that we hope he will like.

The book was organized around people rather than around a specific theme, although the topics addressed all fit within the general area of cognition and emotion. We have grouped the chapters into four Mandlerian areas: From Association to Structure; Memory; Consciousness; and Emotion, in addition to a more personal introductory section of Recollections. But it is George Mandler himself-- or his influence at least--that pervades the book and holds it together. George's ideas and findings have, of course, been extremely influential throughout the whole field of experimental psychology for the past 40 years, but in addition to this public influence he has been a rich source of stimulation, criticism, and encouragement in a more personal way to his many friends in the profession. Each contributor to this volume has his or her store of recollections of George's kindness and concern over the years.

Two other characteristics of George's interactions with people in the field are, first, that many of his friends either work in Europe or (like himself indeed) are of European origin. the blend of European theorizing and American empiricism in his work is, in our view, one of its great strengths. the second characteristic is that George has made a point of being particularly helpful and encouraging to young . . .

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