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- MAXQDA - The Art of Text Analysis. Gestalt psychology. Gestalt psychology or gestaltism (German: Gestalt – "shape or form") is a theory of mind of the Berlin School.

Gestalt psychology

The central principle of gestalt psychology is that the mind forms a global whole with self-organizing tendencies. This principle maintains that the human mind considers objects in their entirety before, or in parallel with, perception of their individual parts; suggesting the whole is other than the sum of its parts. Gestalt psychology tries to understand the laws of our ability to acquire and maintain meaningful perceptions in an apparently chaotic world. In the domain of perception, Gestalt psychologists stipulate that perceptions are the products of complex interactions among various stimuli. Contrary to the behaviorist approach to understanding the elements of cognitive processes, gestalt psychologists sought to understand their organization (Carlson and Heth, 2010). PsyScope X Project. Bargains that aren’t. First published: Parade Magazine, 13 July 2008 Not everything that seems like a bargain will really end up saving you money.

Bargains that aren’t

Luckily, behavioral economists are finding the gimmicks and tricks that regularly lure us to spend more. Psychology. Take control of your mental health. The psychology of banner ads. A quick test: how many of you can name the product being advertised in the banner ad at the top of the page?

The psychology of banner ads

Chances are, the ad's presence didn't even register with most seasoned web browsers. But that's probably okay, at least according to research that appears in June's Journal of Consumer Research. The research concludes that repeated exposure to a product via banner ads generates a positive feeling towards that product. The good news for consumers is that a critical reevaluation of the product can make these positive feelings vanish. There is a long history of experiments that show that repeated exposure to a stimulus that's barely perceptible can enhance a person's feelings towards what's otherwise a neutral object.