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Theories of perception and the concept of structure; a review and critical analysis with an introduction to a dynamic-structural theory of behavior.

Author: Floyd Henry Allport
Publisher: New York, Wiley [1955]
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Allport, Floyd Henry, 1890-
Theories of perception and the concept of structure.
New York, Wiley [1955]
(OCoLC)604194815
Online version:
Allport, Floyd Henry, 1890-
Theories of perception and the concept of structure.
New York, Wiley [1955]
(OCoLC)606267913
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Floyd Henry Allport
OCLC Number: 603718
Description: 709 pages illustrations 24 cm
Contents: An orientation to psychological theories --
The problem of perception: its place in the methodology of science --
The phenomena of perception --
The classical theories and their legacy; core-context theory --
The configurational approach: gestalt theory of perception --
Topological field theory and its relation to perception --
The association approach: cell assembly and phase sequence --
Motor aspects: sensory-tonic field theory --
Motor aspects: set and motor adjustments; their relation to perceptual theory --
Adaptation-level; perceptual norm and frame of reference --
Functional and molar standpoints: probabilistic and transactional functionalism --
Transition to motivational dynamics: critique of dimensionalism; nativism versus empiricism --
The directive-state theory of perception --
Directive-state; perceptual theory in social psychology; roads that diverge --
Directive-state reformulated: hypothesis-theory and the revival of set --
Beyond hypothesis-theory: toward a structural theory of set dynamics and interaction --
Perception and theories of learning: the behavior-theory approach; embarrassment of rival formulations --
The system viewpoint: cybernetics: its psychological implications and contribution to perceptual theory --
The unsolved problem of meaning: perception of object character and situation; critique of gestalt organization; theories of meaning --
Summary and conclusions: eight major generalizations of the theories; perception as a dynamic structure of events --
Outline of a general theory of event-structure: a tentative statement with applications to the problems of perception.

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