Gestalt Theory Reconfigured: Max Wertheimer's Anticipation of Recent Developments in Visual Neuroscience

  title={Gestalt Theory Reconfigured: Max Wertheimer's Anticipation of Recent Developments in Visual Neuroscience},
  author={Gerald Westheimer},
  pages={15 - 5}
  • G. Westheimer
  • Published 1 January 1999
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perception
In the 1920s Max Wertheimer enunciated a credo of Gestalt theory: the properties of any of the parts are governed by the structural laws of the whole. Intense efforts at the time to discover these laws had only very limited success. Psychology was in the grips of the Fechnerian tradition to seek exact relationships between the material and the mental and, because the Gestalt movement could not deliver these, it never attained a major standing among students of perception. However, as… 
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