WRESCHNER, ARTHUR (1866–1932), psychologist. Born in Breslau, Wreschner began his career in the field of philosophy, writing a doctoral dissertation on Kant's and Platner's theories of knowledge for the University of Berlin. He remained at the university to study medicine, and after receiving his degree in 1900, moved to Zurich. There he became instructor in psychology at the Technische Hochschule and at the university where, in 1910, he was appointed professor. Wreschner wrote a number of scholarly books, his specific interests being reflected in Methodologische Beitraege zu psychophysischen Messungen (1898); Die Reproduktion und Assoziation von Vorstellungen (1907–09); Die Sprache des Kindes (1912); and Das Gefuehl (1931). His son WALTER WRESCHNER (1904– ), an attorney, became president of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde in Zurich in 1955, and was president of the Keren Hayesod for Switzerland.
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