Helmut E. Lück

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Helmut Ekkehart Lück (born December 16, 1941 in Lüdenscheid ) is a German social psychologist , psychology historian , university professor and author .


Lück studied economics and social sciences at the University of Cologne and received his diploma in 1966. In 1969 he received his doctorate there with a paper on the topic of social facilitation . In 1973 he was appointed professor at the University of Duisburg . In 1978 he moved to the Fernuniversität in Hagen , where he established the subject of psychology . Until his retirement in 2007, he headed the social psychology department there.

Lück's research focus is, in addition to social psychological and research methodological issues, the history of psychology. In 1989 he co-founded the Kurt Lewin Institute for Psychology as a further training facility in the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences and in 1997 he founded the Research Archive for the History of Psychology (PGFA).

The research archive manages numerous donations, bequests, tests, films, photos and audio documents. Numerous documents from the Kurt Lewin Institute as well as the complete psychology-historical research archive are now in the archive of the Fernuniversität Hagen .

He is co-editor of the magazine group. Interaction. Organization. Journal of Applied Organizational Psychology (GIO) and Journal of Psychology .

Fonts (selection)

As an author:

  • Social activation. Investigations into the validity of the modified social facilitation hypothesis by Robert B. Zajonc. Wison, Cologne 1970 (dissertation, University of Cologne, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, 1969).
  • Prosocial behavior. Empirical research on assistance. Kiepenheuer and Witsch, Cologne 1975, ISBN 3-462-01096-4 .
  • Psychology of social processes. An introduction to self-study in social psychology. Leske + Budrich, Opladen 1985; 3rd edition 1993, ISBN 3-8100-0922-9 .
  • History of psychology. Currents, schools, developments (= outline of psychology. Volume 1). Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1991; 7th edition (with Susanne Guski canvas) 2014, ISBN 978-3-17-026141-9 .
  • Kurt Lewin . An introduction to his work. Beltz, Weinheim / Basel 2001, ISBN 3-407-22107-X .
  • with Horst Heidbrink and Heide Schmidtmann: Psychology of social relationships. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-17-020050-0 .
  • The psychological back stairs. The important psychologists in life and work , 2016, ISBN 978-3-451-61381-4

Some of the 150 essays and over 30 books have been translated, including: a. in the USA, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia and China.

As editor:

  • with Rudolf Miller: Illustrated history of psychology. Quintessenz, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-928036-72-6 .
  • with Rudolf Miller and Gabi Sewz-Vosshenrich: Classics of Psychology. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2000, ISBN 3-17-015914-3 .
  • with Sibylle Volkmann-Raue: Important psychologists of the 20th century. Beltz, Weinheim 2002; 2nd Edition. Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2011, ISBN 978-3-531-93064-0 .
  • Psychology in self-portrayals. Volume 4, Pabst Science Publishers, Lengerich 2004, ISBN 3-89967-152-X .
  • Kurt Lewin: Writings on applied psychology. Articles, lectures, reviews. ed. and introduced by Helmut E. Lück. Krammer, Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-901811-46-3 .


  • Rudolf Miller (Ed.): Psychology between theory and practice. Festschrift for the 60th birthday of Helmut E. Lück. Profil, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-89019-528-8 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. PsychAuthors, Prof. em. Dr. Helmut Lück. July 2, 2012, accessed August 18, 2013 .
  2. Gerd Dapprich: Discoveries about the history of psychology made the FernUni Institute known. Interest in the history of the subject: Prof. Helmut Lück will be 65 on December 16. December 15, 2006, archived from the original on June 6, 2014 ; Retrieved August 18, 2013 .
  3. ^ Website of the Research Archive for the History of Psychology (PGFA). Retrieved April 26, 2016 .
  4. ^ Homepage of the magazine Gruppe. Interaction. Organization. Journal of Applied Organizational Psychology (GIO). Retrieved July 29, 2016 .
  5. ^ Homepage of the journal Journal für Psychologie. Retrieved July 29, 2016 .