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  1. Michael Wertheimer

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0471

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Wertheimer, M. 2010. Isomorphism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of Colorado–Boulder

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


In psychology, the term “isomorphism” is identified with the classical Berlin school of Gestalt psychology, which used the word to characterize the Gestaltists' approach to the mind/brain problem. They argued that the objective brain processes underlying and correlated with particular phenomenological experiences are isomorphic with (that is, have functionally the same form and structure as) those subjective experiences.


  • form-shape perception;
  • gestalt psychology;
  • mind-body problem;
  • perceptual organization