PSYC 2390 Chapter 5: chapter 5 SP.doc

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Why is it so difficult to design a perceiving machine: though machines have difficulties with this, humans solve this problem easily. Objects can be hidden or blurred: occurs any time one object obscures part of another object, people can also recognize blurred faces. Early answers to how humans overcome these complexities were provided by a group of psychologists who called themselves gestalt psychologists- where. Gestalt, roughly translated, means a whole configuration that cannot be described merely as the sum of its parts. This law causes circles of the same color to be grouped together. This property of figure is called border ownership, meaning that although figure and ground share a contour, the border is associated with the figure. Man-made scenes such as the street, are dominated by straight lines and horizontals and verticals: degree of openness: open scenes, such as a beach often have a visible horizon line and contains few objects.

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