Max Wertheimer's Gestalt Theory of Psychology Essay by KatiaK

Max Wertheimer's Gestalt Theory of Psychology
This paper examines Gestalt Theory as it relates to science, primarily the science of psychology.
# 25320 | 1,634 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | CA
Published on Apr 26, 2003 in Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (History of Psychology)

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The paper looks closely at Max Wertheimer's 1924 paper on Gestalt Theory. The writer summarizes the theory of Gestalt Psychology and discusses its strengths and weaknesses. The paper shows how this theory differs from other psychological theories, concentrating on its non-emphasis on breaking down its subjects.

From the Paper:

"Many theories of psychology seek to simplify concepts and occurrences. Behavioral theories break activity down into its basic elements and sequences of events. Cognitive theories examine mental processes by trying to reduce complex processes into stages and computer like transactions. Even Freudian theories attempt to break down mental processes and behavior into simpler life events and mental structures such as the id, ego and superego. Psychology is not the only science whose goal is to simplify events and examine any end result as a function of its components. Max Wertheimer argues for a different approach to the science of Psychology, and in fact, to any science. Wertheimer presents Gestalt Theory as a solution to many of the problems faced by science."

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