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Laws of seeing

Author: Wolfgang Metzger; et al
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This classic 1936 work in vision science, written by a leading figure in Germany's Gestalt movement in psychology and appearing in English for the first time, 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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Metzger, Wolfgang, 1899-1979.
Laws of seeing.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2006
(OCoLC)756364505
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wolfgang Metzger; et al
ISBN: 0262134675 9780262134675 9780262134675 0262513366 9780262513364
OCLC Number: 62762304
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Translated from the German.
Description: xxv, 203 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction to the English translation --
Preface --
Introduction: overview of the history of visual theory --
1 Ambiguous figures in our daily environment --
2 Visible and invisible forms --
3 Of groups and borders --
4 Developmental stages in shape formation --
5 Gestalt laws serving camouflage --
6 Brightness and spatial form --
7 Gestalt laws in the spatial effect of perspective drawings --
8 Form and substance of seen things- the Prägnanz tendency --
Gestalt laws in the spatial effect of brightness --
10 Yet another important camouflage principle --
11 The wandering moon --
12 Laws of seeing and laws of nature.
Other Titles: Gesetze des Sehens.
Responsibility: Wolfgang Metzger ; translated by Lothar Spillmann ... [et al.].
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The first English translation of a classic work in vision science from 1936 by a leading figure in the Gestalt movement, covering topics that continue to be major issues in vision research today.  Read more...

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"An excellent book, with a wealth of inspiring demonstrations and insights. The translators must be thanked for making it available to the English-speaking world." Perception Arni Kristjanson

 
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