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October 19, 1935

Gestalt Psychology: A Survey of Facts and Principles

JAMA. 1935;105(16):1295-1296. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760420065031

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Abstract

American psychologists have been greatly interested in this new field of psychology, developed in Germany, known as the gestalt school. The picture of mental processes as understood by old school psychologists differs markedly from the ideas of gestalt psychology. The understanding of perception has been altered greatly by the views put forth by the gestalters and many previously poorly understood mental activities have been interpreted in a clearer light. The gestalt theory is known as the configurational theory and its implication is that perception is a matter of gross patterns rather than a simple synthesis of sensations. Much new material has been developed in America by genetic psychologists and animal psychologists which tend to substantiate or to cast doubt on the gestalt theories. Previous to the present volume, the only books on the subject were written by simon-pure gestalt psychologists. The present writer, while sympathetic with the school, could not

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