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Gestalt Psychology

  1. Ian Verstegen

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0386

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Verstegen, I. 2010. Gestalt Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Gestalt psychology refers to the school of psychology that was formed in Berlin by Max Wertheimer (1880–1943), Kurt Koffka (1886–1941), and Wolfgang Köhler (1887–1967) and that continued to have influence throughout the twentieth century at universities where it was particularly practiced, namely the New School for Social Research in New York, Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, the University of Münster in Germany, and the Universities of Padua and Trieste in Italy. After a period of neglect and misunderstanding, the principles of the school are once again central to psychological discussion, especially in perceptual psychology.


  • J. J. Gibson;
  • phenomenology;
  • realism;
  • visual illusions;
  • Max Wertheimer