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gestalt principles of organization

principles of perception, derived by the Gestalt psychologists, that describe the tendency to perceive and interpret certain configurations at the level of the whole rather than in terms of their component features. They include the laws of grouping identified by German psychologist Max Wertheimer in 1923: for example, the laws of closure, common fate, good continuation, proximity, similarity, and symmetry. Also called gestalt laws of organization. See also goodness of configuration; Pr├Ągnanz.

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recurrent collateral inhibition

recurrent collateral inhibition

a negative-feedback system that prevents rapid, repeated firing of the same motor neuron. To accomplish this, one branch of an axon loops back toward the cell body of the neuron and communicates with an inhibitory Renshaw cell. The Renshaw cell in turn inhibits the neuron.