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Although several months have passed, this is the first newsletter since the deaths of Derick Steinmann and Mats Björkman. I have reprinted the simple notices that were sent to announce the sad pieces of news. More information is on the Brunswik website at www.brunswik.org.


Dec. 5, 2001 Mike Doherty wrote:

It saddens me to inform the members of the Brunswik Society that Derick Steinmann passed away today at his home in the Virgin Islands. Derick did his dissertation under my supervision at Bowling Green in 1972, after which he spent two years on a post doctoral fellowship at Boulder with Ken Hammond. His first foray into judgment research was a 1972 paper in OBHP, "A Lens Model Analysis of a Bookbag and Poker Chip Study." Derick's dissertation, "Transfer of Lens Model Training," was published in OBHP in 1972, but the paper that is most closely associated with his name is the 1975 paper in the Kaplan & Schwartz volume with Ken Hammond, Tom Stewart and Berndt Brehmer. After Derick left Boulder he went into the business world, ultimately buying and selling a very successful newspaper. Coincidentally, one of his two sons lives in Boulder. My memories of Derick are good ones; he was a good person.

Mike Doherty


19/11/2001 Peter Juslin wrote:

Dear Colleagues, Last Friday, 16th of November, my friend, colleague, and former PhD-thesis supervisor Mats Björkman (1926 - 2001) passed away after a long time of serious illness. As many of you will know, Mats Björkman was an early proponent of Brunswikian ideas in Psychology, establishing them as one of the core themes of Swedish Judgment and Decision Making research in the sixties. Aside from his original contributions to JDM research, he leaves a long string of students and "grand-students" behind him that have promoted these ideas further. Of course, to us who had the fortune to know him personally the loss is not primarily professional but personal: Mats was a great friend and human being.

Peter Juslin

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