Laws of seeing

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This classic work in vision science, written by a leading figure in Germany's Gestalt movement in psychology and first published in 1936, addresses topics that remain of major interest to vision researchers today. Wolfgang Metzger's main argument, drawn from Gestalt theory, is that the objects we perceive in visual experience are not the objects themselves but perceptual effigies of those objects constructed by our brain according to natural rules. Gestalt concepts are currently being increasingly integrated into mainstream neuroscience by researchers proposing network processing beyond the classical receptive field. Metzger's discussion of such topics as ambiguous figures, hidden forms, camouflage, shadows and depth, and three-dimensional representations in paintings will interest anyone working in the field of vision and perception, including psychologists, biologists, neurophysiologists, and researchers in computational vision—and artists, designers, and philosophers. Each chapter is accompanied by compelling visual demonstrations of the phenomena described; the book includes 194 illustrations, drawn from visual science, art, and everyday experience, that invite readers to verify Metzger's observations for themselves. Today's researchers may find themselves pondering the intriguing question of what effect Metzger's theories might have had on vision research if Laws of Seeing and its treasure trove of perceptual observations had been available to the English-speaking world at the time of its writing.
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table_of_contents Ambiguous figures in our daily environment --, Brightness and spatial form --, Developmental stages in shape formation --, Form and substance of seen things- the Prägnanz tendency --, Gestalt laws in the spatial effect of brightness --, Gestalt laws in the spatial effect of perspective drawings --, Gestalt laws serving camouflage --, Introduction to the English translation --, Introduction: overview of the history of visual theory --, Laws of seeing and laws of nature., Of groups and borders --, Preface --, The wandering moon --, Visible and invisible forms --, Yet another important camouflage principle --
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