In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about understanding the difference between Behaviorism and Gestalt Psychology by looking at theories of language development.
Have you ever wondered how our brains make sense of objects? How we know a book is a book and a glass of milk is a glass of milk, as opposed to the particles that make up those things?
Scientists have wondered a lot about this, especially a group of German psychologists from the Berlin School of Experimental Psychology. They we're interested in how we understand and make meaningful perceptions out of a very chaotic world. Out of their work we get gestalt principles.
Have you ever worked with a group of people on a project and really felt like you carried the lion's share of the weight? And then you think back on it and realize you always do more, you always have the great idea, and you never get the recognition you rightfully deserve?
It might be that you are both the problem and the solution.
At the end of the day the brain wants what it wants, but you might not know that the brain also wants things associated with what it wants, it notices more things that can get it what it wants, and it doesn't really like things that are not aligned with its goals.