Tuesday, July 31, 2012

psyched up about psychology?

            Do you ever wonder how a series of flash lights often appears to be moving? Well, you would be able to explain this phenomenon if you what is Gestalt’s theory. What is Gestalt’s theory? What good does it do to one? How is it applied in our daily life? Moreover, who had found this theory? Was anyone else involved? What is the name of the founder? Where is he from? Was the discovery of this theory accidental or was it something the founder was working on for many years? These are the string of question that would pop-up on everyone’s mind when an unknown theory was introduced. The answer to all this questions are as followed…
first off, you must know this guy :DD
 THIS IS.... THE AMAZINGGG... founder of Gestlalt Theory... BUT!! he is NOT going to get all the credits here.. because.... Originating in the work of Mark Wertheimer, Gestalt psychology formed partially as a response to the structuralism of Wilhelm Wundt. Gestalt psychology formed partly as a reaction to the atomism of the structuralist school of thought.
moving on to a few examples to get your mind boggling.

now, what do you see? two faces or one vase? fear not, this might be an optical illusion (according to your GK but this could be explained by Max Wertheimer's theory which is Gestalt Theory. 

WELL, WELL,, now what do you see? it all depends on your "perception" and the way you see it.

     According to the Gestalt thinkers, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. From this school of thought emerged the Gestalt’s law of perceptual organization. This set of perceptual principles explains how smaller objects are grouped together to form larger ones. According to Max Wertheimer (1924) “ The fundamental “formula” of Gestalt theory might be expressed in this way : There are wholes, the behavior of which is not determined by that of their individual elements, but where the part-processes are themselves determined by the intrinsic nature of the whole. 

It is the hope of Gestalt theory to determine the nature of such wholes.”

The Gestalt psychologists’ primary interest was perception, and they believed that perceptual experiences depend on the patterns formed by stimuli and on the organization of experience. 
so, dear readers, i hope you get a head start before you actually come head on with this kinda situation. next time, when a person hand you a paper with a picture similar to these and asks you to explain, i hope you nail him down with the theory you have in hand :D

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