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Now the italian translation is available:

Mitchell G. ASH

La psicologia della Gestalt nella cultura tedesca dal 1890 al 1967

Milano: Franco Angeli (2004).

ISBN : 88-464-5205-4



Fredrik Sundqvist

Perceptual dynamics :
Theoretical foundations and philosophical implications of gestalt psychology

Acta philosophica Gothoburgensia 16

Göteborg : Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 2003

Outstanding publication! Description will be added before long!

Price: SEK (Swedish Crowns) 180.00 = about 24 US$

For ordering this book please contact:

Acta Universitatits Gothoburgensis
Box 222
405 30 Gothenburg
Sweden
e-post Jan.Ahman@ub.gu.se

 

KÖHLER

par Victor Rosenthal & Yves-Marie Visetti

Editions Les Belles Lettres, coll. Figures du Savoir

Paris, 2003

284 pages ISBN : 2251760490 Prix : 14 €

Gestalt : forme, figure, configuration, structure, ensemble… Ce mot de la langue allemande a donné son nom à l’un des courants majeurs de la psychologie du 20e siècle. Wolfgang Köhler (1887-1967), membre éminent de l’école gestaltiste de Berlin, en est incontestablement le représentant le plus brillant et le plus productif. Expérimentateur, théoricien, épistémologue, on lui doit la version la plus accomplie de la Gestalttheorie, qui est une théorie générale de la cognition, fondée sur le primat de la perception, en même temps qu’une théorie universelle des formes, ayant vocation à valoir dans une pluralité de champs de connaissance.

Pionnier des recherches sur l’intelligence des primates, Köhler est aussi l’auteur d’une théorie qui pour la première fois jette un pont entre phénoménologie et physique, entre l’expérience vécue et l’ordre décrit par les sciences de la matière. Deux leitmotivs reviennent à travers toute son œuvre : l’unité de la perception, de l’action, et de l’expression, et la continuité entre organisation physique, forme, et sens.

Jouant de façon exemplaire sur une pluralité de registres qui vont des mathématiques et de la physique des formes jusqu’à une anthropologie générale, l’œuvre de Köhler reste d’une étonnante modernité. Ce livre en retrace les grands moments, et en démontre les résonances contemporaines, dans le contexte des neurosciences montantes et du difficile débat entre les sciences cognitives et les sciences de la culture.

Victor Rosenthal, psychologue, est chercheur à l’INSERM ; Yves-Marie Visetti, chercheur au CNRS, a publié avec P. Cadiot Pour une théorie des formes sémantiques (P.U.F, 2001).


Steven M. LEHAR:

The World In Your Head:
A Gestalt view of the mechanism of conscious experience

published 2002 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
ISBN: 0-8058-4176-8

Read Prof. Metz-Goeckel's review of this important new Gestalt publication - click here!

Click here for further information on the author's web site!


A new book about Gestalt theory and psychopathology:

Gerhard Stemberger (Hrsg.):

Psychische Störungen im Ich-Welt-Verhältnis

Gestalttheorie und psychotherapeutische Krankheitslehre


Wien 2002: Verlag Wolfgang Krammer
184 Seiten, Preis € 21,80 zuzügl. Versandkosten

Dieser Sammelband enthält einige frühe gestaltpsychologische Arbeiten zur Psychopathologie (Schulte/Wertheimer zur Paranoia 1924, Erwin Levy zur Manie 1936 und zur Schizophrenie 1943), z.T. erstmals in deutscher Übersetzung, und neue Diskussions- und Übersichtsbeiträge deutscher, österreichischer und amerikanischer PsychotherapeutInnen und Psychiater zur Aktualität dieser Ansätze für eine psychotherapeutische Krankheitslehre.

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Wolfgang Metzger

Psicologia per l'educazione. Modelli antropologici. Regole sociali. Applicazioni pedagogiche

Roma : Armando, 2000

Italian translation of W. Metzger's book "Psychologie in der Erziehung" (Psychology in Education)

Pagine: 192. Collana: Psicologia dell'educazione Psicologia - Psicoanalisi Prezzo: € 15,49

Questo saggio di Metzger è diviso in tre parti. Nella prima viene messo in evidenza come fenomeni basilari in campo educativo, quali l'ubbidienza e l'autorità, il premio e la punizione, assumano un significativo assai diverso a seconda del sistema teorico adottato. La seconda parte tratta dello sviluppo della conoscienza morale con particolare riferimento alla teoria freudiana a cui l'Autore contrappone una sua diversa concezione. Nella terza parte viene dato ampio spazio alla psicologia del pensiero produttivo. Metzger si rifà alle ricerche classiche di Kohler, Dunker, Wertheimer e Katona, nella convizione che, al di là delle terminologie più recenti, i risultati conseguiti da tali Autori siano quelli che maggiormente illuminano le strategie messe in atto nella soluzione intuitiva dei problemi.


Fiorenza TOCCAFONDI:

IL TUTTO E LE PARTI

La Gestaltpsychologie tra filosofia e ricerca sperimentale (1912-1922)

published 2000 in Milano/Italy, FrancoAngeli (Collana di Storia della Psicologia).


Présences de la Gestalt - "Intellectica" No. 28 (1/99)

R. CASATI : Introduction

J.-P. D'ALES, J. FROMENT, J.-M. MOREL : Reconstruction visuelle et généricité

M. A. PETERSON : Organisation, séparation en profondeur et reconnaissance
d'objet

S.-E. PALMER : Les théories contemporaines de la perception de Gestalt

B. SMITH : L'esprit connexionniste : une étude de la psychologie de Hayek

H.-A. SIMON : L'explication en termes de traitement de l'information des
phénomènes de Gestalt

P. BOZZI : L'"erreur du stimulus"

Autres présences de la Gestalt:

V. ROSENTHAL, Y.-M. VISETTI : Sens et temps de la Gestalt

O. GAPENNE, K. ROVIRA : Gestalt Psychologie et cognition sans langage. Actualité d'une figure historique


Ekkehart SCHLICHT:
"On Custom in the Economy"
Oxford: Clarendon Press 1998

On Custom in the Economy

Custom is an integral part of the institutional matrix of modern economies. Market processes are affected by custom and mould custom in turn. "On Custom in the Economy" explores this interaction by means of a cross-disciplinary approach which is rooted in classical Gestalt psychology. It integrates modern developments in cognitive psychology and institutional economics. Applications relate to the theory of property, legal reasoning, the theory of the firm, and the division of labour in society.

The "Oxford University Press Reading Room" offers the opportunity to browse/download this book for some time with no obligation to buy.
You may order this book now directly from Amazon.


The Complete Social Scientist:
A Kurt LEWIN Reader
Compiled and edited by Martin GOLD

LEWIN-READER

will be published these days by the American Psychological Association.
You may order this book from the A.P.A. page or from Amazon! (US)

"Gestalt Psychology in German Culture, 1890-1967"
by Mitchell ASH

has finally been published in a paperback edition.
Michael Wertheimer about this book:

"With unstinting attention to detail and to careful documentation, yet without ever loosing sight of the larger picture, Mitchell Ash has produced a comprehensive history of the Gestalt movement in Germany. Professor Ash's expert skills as an historian have generated a full, rich account of the emergence of the school in all its human, institutional, intellectual, social and political contexts. ... This book will long stand out as a model of what a book on the history of ideas at its best can be."
By clicking on one of the following links you can have more information about this book and order it online.
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David J. Murray:
"Gestalt Psychology and the Cognitive Revolution"

In this book David J. Murray discusses the historical relationships between behaviourism, Gestalt psychology and the cognitive revolution, and outlines the main principles of Gestalt psychology through an account of the intellectual careers of Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Köhler, the three leaders of the movement. The book emphasizes the value of the insights of Gestalt psychology for the understanding of cognitive psychology, and argues that we need to re-evaluate many of Gestalt psychology's ignored insights.
By clicking on the following link you can have more information about this book and order it online from the Internet Bookshop (UK).
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Marc LEMAN, professor for musicology in Belgium, has edited and published a new book on Gestalt psychology and musicology:

Music, Gestalt, and Computing
Studies in Cognitive and Systematic Musicology

For more information on this book and its main contents click HERE.



The American Psychological Association (APA) has just reissued two important volumes of collected writings by Kurt LEWIN as a single volume:

Kurt Lewin
Resolving Social Conflicts (first published in 1948)
and
Field Theory in Social Science (first published in 1951)

In his Publisher's Note Gary R. VandenBos says:

"Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) was undoubtedly one of the most creative and controversial figure in the history of psychology. His legacy is evident in contemporary social psychology - in studies of learning, development, and regression; achievement motivation and socialization; cognitive dissonance; and group dynamics and its applications in the laboratory, in schools, and in industry. ...
Because of the pervasiveness of Kurt Lewin's intellectual contributions to contemporary social psychology, the American Psychological Association, with the cooperation of Kurt Lewin's daughter, Miriam Lewin, PhD, is pleased to reissue both titles in one comprehensive volume. ... Bringing together these two volumes will familiarize readers with the broad range of Lewin's thinking. APA's goal is to stimulate renewed interest among contemporary scholars in Lewin's work."

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The Gestalt Journal (New York) has published a new edition of the famous book of Willis D. ELLIS:

"A Source Book of Gestalt Psychology",

which was originally published in 1938 under the guidance of Kurt KOFFKA. This valuable book bridged the gap between the English-speaking readers and the main works of the Gestalt psychologists up till then only published in German. The book is a series of abstracts or summaries of thirty-four articles and one book published in German between 1915 and 1929 by the leading exponents of Gestalt psychology and their students.

Main sections:

I. General Problems (Wertheimer, Köhler)

II. Special Problems

First group: Perception and Organization
A. Perception and Organization (Wertheimer, Fuchs, Benary, Gottschaldt, Wulf)
B. Perception and Movement (Ternus, Duncker, Lindemann, Hartmann)
C. Perception and Related Phenomena (v.Frey, Gelb, v.Hornbostel

Second group: Animal Experiments
(Koehler, Hertz)

Third group: Thought
(Wertheimer)

Fourth group: Psychical Forces
(Lewin, Zeigarnik)

Fifth group: Studies in Pathological Phenomena
(Gelb and Goldstein, Fuchs, Schulte)

III. Replies
(Koffka, Köhler)

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