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Week 9 Notes

by: Jordana Baraad

Week 9 Notes PY 370

Jordana Baraad
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History and Systems
Dr. Steele

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Notes from this week. Due to Wednesday's exam, this covers only Friday 10/23.
History and Systems
Dr. Steele
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Date Created: 10/23/15
1023 History of Gestalt Psychology Setting the Stage Behaviorism dominated the US new thought in Germany Wundt and Titchener Believed in the indiVidual parts Structuralism opposed to Gestalt ideology Gestalt Psychology Shift in focus from behaViorism New way of looking at the mind and behavior as a whole foundation for study of perception how we see the world around us Gestalt School of Thought founders German Max Wertheimer Kurt Kof lta Wolfgang Kohler Max Wertheimer Initial interest in law Main founder Gestalt Psychological institute professor Inspiration ashing train lights why does it seem like in motion 9 interest in perception recruited Kof a and Kohler for research acted as research assistants subjects etc Phi Phenomenon 2 images in succession appear to be in motion Ex apple startup wheel ip book etc Maj or publication wellreceived Start of Gestalt psych Wanted to address aspect of mind that other schools of thought hadn t Danger bc all 3 psychologists Jewish during WWII in Germany All ed to US spread Gestalt psych there Kurt Ko lta Family of lawyers rejected to become psych research assistant Spoke English 9 Credited for spread Gestalt psych in US made global phenomenon Hurdles to Gestalt Psych in US Behaviorism still dominated Eventual decline due in part to introduction of Gestalt psych Watson and followers put up ght made intro dif cult Challenged by notion that mind more complex than stimulusresponse Gestalt Principles of Perception 4 main Done automatically in brain 1 Closure 2 Similarity 3 Continuity 4 Figure and ground 2 Sides of Fence Behaviorists no innate knowledge learn through experience Starting to fade out V Gestalt innate cognitive structures mental shortcut to ll in gaps of perception Growing in popularity less resistance from Watson


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