Max Meyer was born on 15 June 1873 in Danzig, Germany. A chance reading of Lazarus Geiger's Der Ursprung der Sprache (1869) stimulated his interest in mind and behavior, and in the spring of 1892 he enrolled in the University of Berlin, where he eventually attended a seminar given by Carl Stumpf. This led to Stumpf’s direction of Meyer’s 1896 doctoral dissertation on audition and determined the direction of much of his later work. At Berlin, Meyer also encountered Max Planck, from whom he developed a commitment to abstract, stipulative theoretical models. Planck may also have been a source of Meyer’s belief that behavior can be understood in terms of neural processes without postulating the intervention of mental force.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.