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Die Wundt-Bühler-Kontroverse aus der Sicht der heutigen kognitiven Psychologie


Massen,  Cristina
Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Massen, C., & Bredenkamp, J. (2005). Die Wundt-Bühler-Kontroverse aus der Sicht der heutigen kognitiven Psychologie. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 213(2), 109-114. doi:10.1026/0044-3409.213.2.109.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-AB37-A
A century ago Karl Bühler and Wilhelm Wundt had a controversy concerning the accuracy of self-reports on thought processes. Whereas Bühler was willing to accept self-reports as valid empirical data, Wundt argued against the validity of such self-reports. In this article, we discuss this controversy from the perspective of contemporary cognitive psychology and by taking into account recent empirical data. The focus of the article is on the problems of reactivity and veridicality of verbal reports and on the topic of unconscious thought processes. The discussion leads to the conclusion that many of the newer empirical findings discussed support the view once held by Wilhelm Wundt.