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Dietrich Dörner (born 28 September 1938, Berlin) is emeritus professor for General and Theoretical Psychology at the Institute of Theoretical Psychology at the Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany.

In 1986, he received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which is the highest honour awarded in German research.[1]

The cognitive architecture Psi-Theory is developed under his guidance.


  • The Logic of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations (ISBN 0201479486, 1996, Perseus Publishing)[2]
  • Bauplan für eine Seele (lit.: Blueprint for a Soul, available in German language only), Reinbek: Rowohlt, 2001 (ISBN 3499611937).
  • Die Mechanik des Seelenwagens (lit: Mechanics of the soul's cart, available in German language only), Bern: Huber, 2002 (ISBN 3-456-83814-X).


  1. ^ "List of all prize recipients 1986-2015" (PDF) (in German). Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. ^ "The Logic of Failure". Kirkus Reviews. 15 May 1996. Retrieved 23 December 2015.

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