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Höffding step


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According to a theory in Gestalt psychology, a mental step in which one memory trace makes contact with another, such a step being required for the association of ideas to occur, as when the perception of bread elicits the associated idea of butter, a memory trace of bread having first to be activated and to make contact with a memory trace of butter before the association can occur. [Named after the Danish philosopher and psychologist Harald Höffding (1843–1931) who suggested it]

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