Per Saugstad

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Per Saugstad (24 October 1920 – 7 November 2010) was a Norwegian psychologist.

He was born in Oslo.[1] After getting a cand.philol. degree from the University of Oslo in 1945, he went to the United States, receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago in 1952. Back in Norway, he joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, rising to docent in 1962[2] and full professor in 1967. He retired in 1990. Saugstad has done important research in several areas, such as visual perception, thinking, and language. Among his books are An inquiry into the foundations of psychology (1965), A Theory of Communication and Use of Language. Foundations for the Study of Psychology (1977), A Theory of Language and Understanding (1980) and Language: A theory of its structure and use (1989). In later years, he has been working mainly on the history of psychology, releasing the book Psykologiens historie in 1998.[1] A second edition was finished in 2009.[3] He was a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.[2]

He died in November 2010.[3] He was the father of professor of pediatrics Ola Didrik Saugstad and professor of philosophy Jens Saugstad.


  1. ^ a b "Per Saugstad". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Jubilanter". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Lian, Arild; Martinsen, Harald; Smith, Lars; Sundet, Jon Martin; von Tetzschner, Stephen (17 November 2010). "Per Saugstad (obituary)". Aftenposten (in Norwegian).