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Michael Wertheimer ’47



Michael Wertheimer ’47 has been chosen to receive the American Psychology Association’s (APA) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology in Toronto this summer. In 2000, he also received APA’s Division 26 Lifetime Achievement Award for sustained, outstanding, and unusual contributions to the history of psychology. Professor emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Wertheimer directed the Department of Psychology’s Honors Program for nearly 40 years. He also directed doctoral programs in experimental psychology and sociocultural psychology. His areas of specialization include perception, cognition, psycholinguistics, and the teaching and history of psychology. Wertheimer is in his third and final year on the APA board of directors. A member of APA’s Council of Representatives, he has also been president of four APA divisions (general psychology, teaching of psychology, theoretical and philosophical psychology, and history of psychology); the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association; and Psi Chi. He is also a member of the advisory board of Gestalt Theory—An International Multidisciplinary Journal. His most recent book, written with D. Brett King, is Max Wertheimer & Gestalt Theory.

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