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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.
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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
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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gestalt psychology

ngestaltismo
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Defining self assessment as the involvement of students in identifying standards and/or criteria to apply to their work and making judgements about the extent to which they have met these criteria and standards, this paper seeks to highlight the gestalt effect of self assessment.
A gestalt effect was found for every age group (see Table 8): the scores were always better for diamond designs (7 and 9) than for striped ones (8 and 10).
This paper will refer to this hypothesized effect of multi-statutory administration on the role of science in environmental management as the gestalt effect.