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Hans-Lukas Teuber papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0417

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Hans-Lukas Teuber's efforts to establish the Department of Psychology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his activities as head ofthe department are documented in correspondence with colleagues, grant and project proposals, committee records, and other administrative correspondence. The collection also includes videotapes, audiotapes, and some transcripts (1968-1976) of lectures Teuber gave at MIT including a complete set of his introductory psychology (course 9.00) lectures. His professional activities outside MIT are described in extensive correspondence with professional organizations and institutions including the National Institutes of Health, VA hospitals, and professional journals. Reports, agendas, and correspondence provide information about his involvement in professional conferences and meetings (1947-1971). There are some research notes about his work on such topics as vision and perception and brain function; copies of his publications, reports, lectures, speeches, and unpublished manuscripts further document his research. There is also extensive correspondence about the publication Handbook of Sensory Physiology, vol. 8.


  • 1946 - 1979


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Hans-Lukas Teuber, 1916-1977, PhD in psychology, 1947, Harvard University, was on the faculty of the Bellevue Medical Center in New York, 1947-1961, where he set up and directed a head-injury research unit. He came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 as professor of psychology. He founded the Department of Psychology in 1964 and remained its head until his death in 1977. He was a member of numerous advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. His research focused on the relationship between the brain and behavior, visual perception, and the effects of brain injuries on perception, cognition, language, and memory. He co-authored the book Visual Field Defects after Penetrating Missile Wounds ofthe Brain (1960) with William S. Battersby and Morris B. Bender; and co-edited the book Perception, vol. 8 of the Handbook of Sensory Physiology (1978), with Richard Held and Herschel W. Leibowitz.


50.6 Cubic Feet (50 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Types of videotapes in the collection

Tapes in boxes 2-7: labeled 357-1-3000-957, helical scan; physically: I inch wide tape (3000 ft.) on 9 3/4-inch reels with 3-inch hubs

Tapes in boxes 42 and 43: labeled as V-32 helical scan, 720m-2370 ft.; physically: 112 inch wide tape (2370 ft.) on reels slightly larger than 7" with small spindle holes

Tapes in boxes 49 and 50: labeled as UCA-60; physically: large plastic cassettes 8 1/2 inches long, 5 112 inches deep, and I 1/4 inches tall


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Related Materials

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections

AC 107
Neurosciences Research Program records


  • Teuber, Hans-Lukas, William S. Battersby, and Marris B. Bender. Visual Field Defects after Penetrating Missile Wounds ofthe Brain. Cambridge, Published for the Commonwealth Fund by Harvard University Press, 1960. MIT Libraries
  • Anstis, S.M., et al. Perception, edited by Richard Held, Herschel W. Leibowitz, Hans-Lukas Teuber. Berlin; New York: Springer-Verlag, 1978. MIT Libraries

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