Gestalt Theory

ISSNs: 0170-057X, 2519-5808

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    Susanne K. Langers “Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling.” Eine späte Wiederentdeckung.Norbert Andersch - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):153-177.
    Summary It is about 100 Years ago that the German-American philosopher Susanne K. Langer started a bold and courageous appearance on the stage of consciousness-research - until then exclusively dominated by male and paternalistic figures. This contribution is to highlight SK Langers work and impact on the theory of consciousness, especially on her final three volume publication: “Mind. An Essay on Human Feeling” (1967, 1972, 1982) which, until now, has not been translated into German. What stands out in Langer’s work (...)
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    Elders’ experience with augmented gaze: preliminary observations.Claudio de’Sperati, Jacopo Ippolito, Roberto Cozzi, Emil Rosenlund Høeg, Gabriel Baud-Bovy, Michela Moretti & Vittorio Dalmasso - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):115-119.
    Research on elders’ acceptance of virtual technologies is much needed. Here we studied the user experience of elders (N = 10, mean age = 88.2 years) during virtual biking, an exergame where participants pedal on a cycle ergometer and wear a Head-Mounted Display that provides them an immersive experience of a bike ride. We tested the effects of augmented gaze on user experience. Augmented gaze is a condition in which horizontal head turns yield amplified visual shifts, which is assumed to (...)
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    Teil und Ganzes in Karl Bühlers Sprachtheorie.Janette Friedrich - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):31-40.
    Summary In his Theory of language, written in 1934, the psychologist Karl Bühler proposes applying the concept of Gestalt, developed at that time in philosophy and psychology, to the study of linguistic phenomena. This paper outlines and critically examines Bühler’s proposal. In particular, this paper highlights the two-sided approach that Bühler takes. Bühler shows that both the sound shape (Gestalt) and phonematic signalment (elements) are required for the recognition of linguistic phenomena. Accordingly, two methods of word recognition can be identified (...)
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    Sentences and Systems.Aldo Frigerio - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):41-48.
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    Musical Affordances and the Gestalt Legacy: enriching music perception.Sebastian Klotz - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):65-84.
    Summary In the current cognitive theory of music, concepts of Gestalt psychology are referred to in various ways. For example, neurocognitive models of music perception address the formation of auditory Gestalts as a stage in the formation of meaning. However, this view runs counter to central premises of Gestalt psychology of Carl Stumpf’s school, which precisely did not describe Gestalts as synthesized phenomena. Nevertheless, it is argued here, borrowing from Gestalt concepts can promote current non-reductionist positions. They conceptualize musical perception (...)
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    The construct of Aesthetic Relational Knowing: a scale to describe the perceptive capacity of psychotherapists in therapeutic situations.Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):139-152.
    Summary This paper presents and contextualizes the construct of Aesthetic Relational Knowing (ARK), as the intuitive experience of the therapist that emerges from the phenomenological field created in a meeting between therapist and client. The concept of isomorphism is considered as an epistemological turning point and a possible bridge connecting Gestalt therapy, Gestalt theory and Neurosciences. An example of the clinical consequences of this change of perspective is given. Moreover, a validation pilot study has shown that ARK is described by (...)
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    Experimental phenomenology (?) – A rejoinder to Bianchi & Burro (2022).Riccardo Luccio - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):17-19.
    In recent years, the term experimental phenomenology has come to refer to the work of various researchers, mainly Italian, of whom Gaetano Kanizsa and Paolo Bozzi are the most representative. Their work is well presented in this article by Bianchi and Burro (2022). My objection is to what I consider to be the misnomer and misleading name “experimental phenomenology,” which gives the impression that we are dealing with a homogeneous group following a unified approach. However, this is not the case. (...)
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    Gamification in Rehabilitation: The Role of Subjective Experience in a Multisensory Learning Context – A Narrative Review.Luigi Murena, Manuela Deodato & Giulia Sgubin - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):121-137.
    Game-based approaches are emerging in many fields, such as education, social sciences, marketing and government. Most studies debate its role in consolidating learning, guided by both internal and external rewards. These approaches are also being applied in rehabilitation, where patients must undergo a re-learning process of motor gestures after an injury to a body structure. In physiotherapy, much importance is given to analytical-functional movement aspects, but less to the recovery of the complete experience, including motivation, perception, and emotional experience of (...)
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    Language and Speech as Open, Context-dependent Wholes. A view from Prague.Savina Raynaud - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):21-29.
    Since language is the collective focus of this series, the present paper follows both historiographical and theoretical perspectives. The first deals with Prague as a Middle-European town, with a German and Czech University from 1882, where a philosopher, Anton Marty, from the Brentano school, focuses on language and semasiology in the framework of a psychology from an empirical standpoint. He cites Christian von Ehrenfels, and underscores the relational approach to psychic dynamism but, crucially, he emphasises the oscillations between linguistic “sketches” (...)
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    Science of perception for design: the view of Walter Gropius.Michele Sinico - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):101-113.
    This paper discusses the theories underlying Walter Gropius’ conception of science. Starting with “Is There a Science of Design?” written by Gropius in 1947, the influences of Ganzheitspsychologie and the New Look on Perception are traced. In particular, the contribution of Earl C. Kelley is analyzed. Subsequently, Gropius’ phenomenological approach, insights on expressive qualities, and the relationship between man- environment are discussed. Finally, the influences of Gestalt theory and spiritualistic psychology on Gropius’s conception of science and perception are outlined.
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    Reconstructed multisensoriality. Reading The Catcher in the Rye.Andrea Sozzi & Maria Paola Tenchini - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):49-64.
    Summary In natural face-to-face interactions, verbal communication always occurs in association with expressions of nonverbal behavior. The functional contribution of these multimodal aspects to the meaning of the message and to its effects fulfils multiple communicative functions that differ according primarily to the speaker’s intentions, to the interpersonal relations between the speaker and the addressee, to the nature of the message, and to the context. When nonverbal behavior is reproduced in a written literary text, it becomes functional to the textual (...)
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    Glimpses from the Past: Michael Wertheimer dead at 95.Lothar Spillmann - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):13-15.
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    Obituary for Michael Wertheimer (1927 - 2022).Armin Stock & Viktor Sarris - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):1-5.
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    Nachruf auf Michael Wertheimer (1927 - 2022).Armin Stock & Viktor Sarris - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):7-11.
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    Critical Realist Foundations for Berlin Comparative Musicology(vergleichende Musikswissenschaft).Ian Verstegen - 2023 - Gestalt Theory 45 (1-2):85-100.
    Summary Is it possible to discover the critical realist foundations of Gestalt theory in Berlin comparative musicology (vergleichende Kunstwissenschaft) associated above all with Erich M. von Hornbostel? The balance of natural science explanation and phenomenal experience is a useful model for overcoming Eurocentrism in comparative ethnomusicology, relying both on third-person tools and indigenous music systems. This paper uses Gestalt critical realist epistemology and methodology and a portrayal of the strata making up the understanding of a musical act with chemico-physical, phenomenal (...)
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