Psychological Research

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 199-201

First online:

PDP and Gestalt: An integration?

  • Cees van LeeuwenAffiliated withFaculty of Psychology, Department of Psychonomy, University of Amsterdam

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The possibility of a synthesis between parallel distributed processing approaches (PDP) and Gestalt psychology is discussed. The empiricist outlook of PDP is an obstacle to such a synthesis. Gestalt's belief in organization of the psychological field as the basic principle is not shared by the PDP approach. It is claimed that, nevertheless, Gestalt psychology can use PDP techniques for modeling organization processes, provided that some constraints are obeyed. From a PDP point of view, importing Gestalt constraints could be a useful strategy for obtaining testable predictions.