Conformed Thought: Consolidating Traces of Memories

  • Silvia LaurentizEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10920)


For Gestalt, the performance of a task depends on previous performances, and the concept of memory traces is an attempt to explain this dependence. It is not easy to distinguish an innate process from an acquired one, but the interesting point is that “an experienced tennis player has not learned to perform a small number of specific moves, but to hit the ball properly in the multivariate situations of the game” (Koffka 1975, p. 516). That is mean, in the learning process we create systems of traces of a type, we consolidate and make them increasingly accessible, whether in repeated or new situations. (Idem, idem, p. 533). Thus, learning is defined by traces of learned, consolidated and available memories that modify processes and, consequently, behaviors. They also consider that traces can be transformed through interaction with other traces and processes. At that early moment of Gestalt theory, psychologists questioned improvement the practice and effect of repetition (ibid., p. 562). Therefore, the idea that we can exercise cognitive abilities and make them accessible to new functions, through a learning process, was already studied in that period. In previous work, we have established relationships between experiences of the senses and the representational aspects of experiences (Laurentiz 2015). At this moment, we will be focused on how these cognitive abilities acquired through conformed thoughts (patterns, codes and set of codes, algorithms) reflect in aesthetic experience, by the intrinsic condition of the relationship between experience, sensations and thought.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Sao PauloSão PauloBrazil

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