Function and applications of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

CONTENTS Industrial & Organizational Psychology What the I/O psychologists do? Applications of I/O Psychology. Techniques used by I/O psychologists and their goals. Career Fields for I/O psychologists How to become an I/O psychologist? Specialized Knowledge Case of Dr Kathryn Keeton (I/O psychologist NASA) What is Industrial and Organizational Psychology? Industrial and organizational psychology is a … Read moreFunction and applications of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and underlying principles

Stress and a large number of psychological issues are troubling people all around the world. People use medications and various forms of psychological treatments to overcome these problems including PTSD, Depression, anxiety and several more. Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been found to be highly effective at treating … Read moreCognitive Behavioural Therapy and underlying principles

Brief History of Psychology

A Brief History of psychology: Most important developments since its foundation Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, particularly the ones affecting human behaviour. However, psychology also studies human behavior and the processes behind it. Still, there is little agreement among scholars over whether psychology is a scientific study. … Read moreBrief History of Psychology

Bandura’s Social Learning Theory

Bandura’s Social Learning Theory   Albert Bandura, was born in December, 1925 in Canada. He is well-known for his social learning theory. Recently, he renamed the theory social cognitive theory. Bandura is generally known as a cognitive psychologist. It is mainly because of his focus on motivational factors and other mechanisms related to a person’s social behaviour. … Read moreBandura’s Social Learning Theory

Social facilitation theory

SOCIAL FACILITATION THEORY   Social psychology deals with our everyday lives and social dynamics. It is the study of how people think or influence others. People’s relationships or how they relate with others is also an important topic in it. The beginning of social psychology is marked by the social facilitation theory. It was Norman Triplett … Read moreSocial facilitation theory

Gestalt theory By Max Wertheimer.

Gestalt theory By Max Wertheimer.

Max Wertheimer is among the most notable names in the field of psychology. His contributions can be found in nearly every area of psychology. His thoughts and ideas have had far reaching implications. In the last three or four decades, a lot of research based on his works and ideas has been conducted. However, it is a sad fact that his contributions to psychology could be fully discovered and properly recognized 45 years after his death. The Wilhelm Wundt medal of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie was awarded to him 45 years after Wertheimer’s death. Importantly, there is something complex about his works. Understanding their roots has proved difficult for the psychological community. His Gestalt theory is the main work to have made him famous.

The people behind the early gestalt theories were the trio at whose centre was Wertheimer, the other two being Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Kohler. The central focus of the Gestalt theory was the idea of grouping. It laid emphasis upon the higher order cognitive processes. Grouping can be understood as aspects of visual and other stimuli which make the subject interpret a particular problem or a specific perceptual event in a certain way. There are four important concepts related to grouping.
They are –
 1.    Proximity – elements that are close in space tend to be seen as one or a few objects.
 2.    Similarity- items having some similar characteristics grouped together.
 3.    Closure – complementary elements or the elements that complete some shape or object tend to be grouped together.
 4.    Simplicity – the tendency to organize the objects into simple figures.
Collectively, these four elements are known as the laws of organization. They are relevant to understanding perception and problem solving.
Wertheimer was mainly concerned with problem solving. He presented a Gestalt interpretation of problem-solving episodes of famous scientists like Galileo or Einstein and children presented with mathematical problems. According to Wertheimer problem solving was all about the ability to see the entire structure of the problem. The Gestalt Theory applies to all the aspects of human learning. Particularly it is relevant to perception and problem solving. Wertheimer’s theory also had a very strong influence on the works of Gibson. Wertheimer gave a classic example of the Gestalt theory in the activity of children finding the area of parallelograms. He showed that as long as the parallelograms are general figures the children apply the standard procedures to find their area. However, once they are provided with a figure with a novel shape and orientation, they are forced to understand its true structure in order to find its area.
Wertheimer’s Gestalt theory is based upon three main underlying principles:
 1)    Encourage the learners to understand the true nature of a problem.
 2)    The gaps or the incongruities can be stimulants for learning.
 3)    Instructions should be based upon the four laws of organization proximity, closure, similarity and simplicity.
The practical applications of the Gestalt theory can be found in the area of education. Wertheimer believed rote learning was learning without understanding. He contrasted it with productive thinking. The learning people acquire through productive thinking is not just remembered longer but can also be applied easily in real situations. Gestaltismsuggests learners should understand the true nature of a problem and try to associate its various elements. Excluding implicit assumptions is proper since they can be incorrect. In the area of concept and knowledge maps design, theGestalt law has been applied successfully to provide positive results. The influence of Wertheimer’s ideas has been felt in the works of several psychologists who followed him. His contribution to psychology is unique. Even if it was recognized late, it has earned him a distinct reputation.