Würzburg school

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A school of psychological thought that flourished under the leadership of the Latvian-born German psychologist Oswald Külpe (1862–1915) from 1894 until his death in 1915. Külpe worked in Leipzig for eight years with the founder of the structuralist school Wilhelm (Max) Wundt (1832–1920) before moving to Würzburg in 1894, where he founded the school that became an important rival to the structuralism (2) of Leipzig. Whereas Wundt discouraged experimental research into higher mental processes such as thinking, Külpe and his followers concentrated their research largely on thinking, attention, and aesthetic responses. The Würzburg school is remembered chiefly for claiming to have discovered imageless thought.

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