2009-12-12: Memory and Place experiments

On 2009-12-12, at 7:49 PM, Sha Xin Wei wrote:

Dear Helgi,

It is very kind of you to respond so quickly and generously.
Pardon me for not being ab le to arrange a joint session on Thursday
because my laptop died and now I am traveling from house to house and
borrowing other people's networks.
It would be a pleasure to arrange for us to talk with my colleague
David Morris if possible about our Memory and Place experiments,
sometime after I return to Montrea.

Let me ask all three of you if you would all perhaps be available on
the weekend Dec 19-20.

With Warm Regards,
Xin Wei

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 10:07 PM, Helgi Schweizer <jon.helgi@web.de> wrote:
Hi Satinder.

It is a real a christmas surprise gift to get this message from you. I hope, you are doing well
in the UK. The topic Xin Wei has come up with is not only very exciting, but it is in a certain
way also historically connected to me. The relation of memory and learning to the experience
of space, to body movement and emotion was central to all the experiments my doctor-father
Ivo Kohler invented and carried out in his very peculiar fashion. I was involved in some of them.
As you might know, Kohler was  in very close contact to James G. Gibson and admired his
ecological psychology. Kohler became most famous for developping further the experiments
of George Stratton, especially wearing prism-glasses that inverted left and right for several
months. I think Kohlers experiments are worth being thought over anew, this time with
emphasis on his notions aside, that he did not publish because he thought they were too
strange or counterintuitve. Most of them were related to changes in space perception, but
could only be described in a more or less qualitative way, that would not seem scientifically
appropriate, at least not for publiction.

As to my present work, I am at the moment immersed in a somewhat different work, applying
my fundamentalistic theory to a number of fields of practice. At the moment I am writing a book on
Theater (in a very broad sense). It is my  book number twenynine. The focus is now, approaching the
end of the book, on interachtive media and computer games. (Actually, my younger son is successfully
running a browser game).
As soon as I shall have finished this work, I would love to take part in Xin WeiŽs project. I think, I am
still good for the one or the other weird idea when it comes to design experiments.

Dear Satinder, could you give me an idea, what are your fields of interest at the present? Although
I am retired, I am still doing research on interpersonal synchronisation and rhythmic interaction, on
manipulation of subjective time by music and especially by application of Ganzfeld. We have done a
lot of work developping further the so called  colour-light- music. This was a joint-project with the
philharmony in Luxemburg. (Thats where the money is).

With warm regads.


Prof. Dr. Helgi-Jon Schweizer

Capsule Biography

1960 - 1962 Philosophy, University Munich.
1962 - 1968 Psychology, Philosophy and Biology. University Innsbruck.
1968 Doctorate in Psychology, Philosophy and Biology.
1969 - 1972 Assistant Professor, Neurophysiology and Biophysics. Innsbruck University
1972 - 1975  Research Grants from the German Research Foundation and the Austrian Research Fond. 
      Topic:  The Temporal Structure of Fast Iterative Behavior.  
1975 -1981   Design of a General Theory of Nervous System Functions. Published 1981
1981 -1986  Development of computer modesl for Simulation and Visualisation of brain function based on the General Theory. Construction of a (semi-virtual) concert space for electronic music for Ars Electronica. (with Walter Haupt)
1986 - 1990    Research work on neuronal nets and populations of coupled oscillators. Habilitation1990.
1990 - 2009   Research on  interindividual interaction and synchronous behavior. Communal decisionmaking.

Parallel Activities
1960 - present  Painter. Interested in process art.  Picture series as documentation of personal development.
1990 - present Theoretical works on te Psychology of Architecture. Foundation of the Austrian Society for the Psychology of Architecture. 
Studies in the Social Psychology and Perceptual Psychologie of created space, specifically virtual space. 

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Theoretische Grundlagen der Psychologie
Theoretisches Hauptwerk.
Erscheinungsjahr 2004.
ca. 900 Seiten.

Prolegomena zur Theoretischen Grundlegung der Psychologie
Kurzer Einführender Text. 
Erscheinungsjahr: 2002.
30 Seiten.

Auf Anfrage Andachtsbuch für Andergläubige 
Erscheinungsjahr: 2005 

Innbrucker Experimente 
Erscheinungsjahr: 2005

Poretische Denken 
Erscheinungsjahr: 2005

Andi Anders Welt 
Erscheinungsjahr: 2006

Lernen in der Pädagogischen Praxis
Anwendung der neuen Theorie in der Pädagogik.
Erscheinungsjahr 2006
ca. 250 Seiten.

Entscheiden in der Gemeinschaft von der Theorie zur Praxis
Anwendung der neuen Theorie auf gemeinschaftliche Entscheidungsprozesse. 
Erscheinungsjahr 2006
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