Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories

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Stern, William

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0463-8_149

Basic Biographical Information

Stern, whose full given name was Louis William, was born on April 29, 1871, in Berlin, Germany. He would be the only child born to Sigismund and Rosa Stern, parents of modest means. He began his university studies in 1888 at the Friedrich-Wilhelm University of Berlin (today the Humboldt University), and in 1893 concluded his doctoral work there under the mentorship of Moritz Lazarus (1824–1903). After spending four more years in Berlin conducting independent research on the perception of change, Stern accepted the offer of a position as lecturer at the University of Breslau (a city renamed Wroclaw after the cession of the German state of Silesia to Poland in the aftermath of World War II). At Breslau, Stern completed his Habilitation under Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850–1909) in 1897, and then continued as a member of the teaching faculty there for 19 more years.

In 1916, Stern left Breslau for Hamburg in order to replace Ernst Meumann (1862–1915) as Director...

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Selected Bibliography

  1. Stern, C., & Stern, W. (1999 ). Recollection, testimony, and lying in early childhood (trans: Lamiell, J. T.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.Google Scholar
  2. Stern, W. (1924). The psychology of early childhood up to the sixth year of age (trans: Barwell, A.). London: Allen & Unwin.Google Scholar
  3. Stern, W. (1930). William Stern (trans: Langer, S.). In C. Murchison (Ed.), A history of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 1, pp. 335–388). Worcester: Clark University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Stern, W. (1938). General psychology from a personalistic standpoint (trans: Spoerl, H. D.). New York: Macmillan.Google Scholar
  5. Stern, W. (2010). Psychology and personalism (trans: Lamiell, J. T.). New ideas in psychology, 28,110–134.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA