Psychological Research

, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 199–201

PDP and Gestalt: An integration?


  • Cees van Leeuwen
    • Faculty of Psychology, Department of PsychonomyUniversity of Amsterdam

DOI: 10.1007/BF00309253

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van Leeuwen, C. Psychol. Res (1989) 50: 199. doi:10.1007/BF00309253


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.

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