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A term introduced in 1936 by the Polish/German-born US psychologist Kurt Lewin (1890–1947) to refer to the psychological field, comprising the person P and the person's environment E, jointly determining the person's behaviour B at a given moment, this relation being expressed by the equation B = f(P, E), certain regions of the life space having valence and thus being either attractive or repulsive to the person and determining locomotion from one region to another. See also approach-approach conflict, approach-avoidance conflict, avoidance-avoidance conflict, field theory, hodological space, Lewinian, topological psychology.

Subjects: Psychology.

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