Psychological Research

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 145–152

Perceptual-learning systems as conservative structures: Is economy an attractor?

  • Cees van Leeuwen

DOI: 10.1007/BF00877522

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van Leeuwen, C. Psychol. Res (1990) 52: 145. doi:10.1007/BF00877522


It is discussed whether information-processing or connectionist models might explain the law ofPrägnanz under constraints resulting from a physical interpretation of these models. An information-processing approach is contrasted with thermodynamics and, finally, an alternative approach more directly inspired by Gestalt is discussed. It is argued that this model could be physically realized with relatively moderate requirements on the substrate in terms of information-processing resources.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cees van Leeuwen
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  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology, Department of PsychonomyUniversity of AmsterdamXA AmsterdamThe Netherlands