Gestalt psychology

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Gestalt psychology

n.
The school or theory in psychology holding that psychological, physiological, and behavioral phenomena are irreducible experiential configurations not derivable from a simple summation of perceptual elements such as sensation and response.

Gestalt psychology

n
(Psychology) a system of thought, derived from experiments carried out by German psychologists, that regards all mental phenomena as being arranged in Gestalts

Gestalt′ psychol′ogy


n.
the school or doctrine holding that behavioral and psychological phenomena cannot be fully explained by analysis of their component parts, as reflexes or sensations, but must be studied as wholes.
[1920–25]
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Noun1.Gestalt psychology - (psychology) a theory of psychology that emphasizes the importance of configurational properties
Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization - a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
holism, holistic theory - the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole; "holism holds that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"; "holistic theory has been applied to ecology and language and mental states"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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Gestalt psychology

nGestaltpsychologie f

gestalt psychology

ngestaltismo
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When friend A experiences this gestalt perception, he formulates a response that is sent down into his neural architecture.
Moving from the consideration of gestalt perception of gestalt apperception or thinking, the characteristic part/ whole relation is even more clearly that of parts "being more than parts".
Gestalt perception in planetary science' in Multi-ring basins: Formation and evolution; Proceedings of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, November 10-12, 1980, ed.