Documents of Gestalt Psychology

Documents of Gestalt Psychology

Documents of Gestalt Psychology

Documents of Gestalt Psychology

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At the 1959 convention of the American Psychological Association, Wolfgang Köhler delivered a presidential address whose text serves as an introduction to the present volume. In his brief survey of "Gestalt Psychology Today," Professor Köhler, one of the founders of this movement, indicated certain differences in outlook and assumptions between Gestalt psychology and some other trends in American psychology. He also expressed confidence in the possibility of fruitful collaboration by representatives of the various approaches. Given this situation, it seems opportune to make available in a single volume a number of recent papers in which the principles and methods of Gestalt psychology are clearly expressed by a group of authors for whom this approach has been central.

The present volume is intended to supplement the fundamental texts of Gestalt psychology, for example, those by Köhler, Wertheimer, and Koffka. A forerunner of the present collection is A Source Book of Gestalt Psychology, edited by Willis D. Ellis, which contains abbreviated translations into English of a number of the early theoretical and experimental publications of Gestalt psychologists. The present book brings together more recent contributions by the founders of Gestalt psychology and by some of their immediate collaborators and students. With the exception of the essays by Wertheimer, which are not elsewhere easily accessible to the psychologist, most of these papers have been published since 1950. They thus illustrate the recent thinking and . . .

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