Dominance of configural properties in visual form perception

Ruth Kimchi, Benny Bloch

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Perceptual relations between configural and component properties were examined in three experiments. The pattern of performance in discrimination and classification tasks with a set of four lines that varied in curvature (Experiment 1) was compared with the pattern of performance in these tasks with sets of configuration defined on spatial relations among these Lines. The configurations in the latter sets varied in their component properties ("curvature") as well as in their configural properties ("closure" in Experiment 2 and "parallelism" in Experiment 3). The results indicated that discrimination and classification performance with the configurations was dominated by their configural properties, regardless of the discriminability of their component properties. The implications of these results for the role of configural properties in form perception are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-139
Number of pages5
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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