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Classics within the Historical past of Psychology — Wertheimer (1923)

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Legal guidelines of Group in Perceptual Types

Max Wertheimer (1923)

First printed as Untersuchungen zur Lehre von der Gestalt II,
in Psycologische Forschung, 4, 301-350. Translation
printed in Ellis, W. (1938). A supply ebook of Gestalt psychology
(pp. 71-88). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.[1]

I stand on the window and see a home, bushes, sky.

Theoretically I would say there have been 327 brightnesses and
nuances of color. Do I have “327”? No.
I’ve sky, home, and bushes. It’s inconceivable to realize “327
” as such. And but regardless that such droll calculation had been
potential and implied, say, for the home 120, the bushes 90, the
sky 117 — I ought to at the least have this association and
division of the entire, and never, say, 127 and 100 and 100; or 150
and 177.

The concrete division which I see is just not decided by
some arbitrary mode of group mendacity solely inside my very own
pleasure; as a substitute I see the association and division which is
given there earlier than me. And what a outstanding course of it’s when
another mode of apprehension does succeed! I gaze for
a very long time from my window, undertake after some effort probably the most unreal
perspective potential. And I uncover that a part of a window
sash and a part of a naked department collectively compose an N.

Or, I have a look at an image. Two faces cheek to cheek. I see one (with
its, if you’ll, “57” brightnesses) and the opposite (“49″
brightnesses). I don’t see an association of 66 Plus 40 nor of
6 plus 100 There have been theories which might
require that I see “106”. In actuality I see two faces

Or, I hear a melody (17 tones) with its accompaniment (32 tones).
I hear the melody and accompaniment, not merely “49”and
actually not 20 plus 29. And the identical is true even in circumstances the place
there is no such thing as a stimulus continuum. I hear the melody and its accompaniment
even when they’re performed by an old school clock the place every
tone is separate from the others. Or, one sees a sequence of discontinuous
dots upon a homogeneous floor not as a sum of dots, however as figures.
Regardless that there might right here be a better latitude of potential preparations,
the dots normally mix in some “spontaneous”, “pure”
articulation — and every other association, even when it may be achieved,
is synthetic and troublesome to keep up.

Once we are introduced with a variety of stimuli we don’t as a
rule expertise “a quantity” of particular person issues, this
one and that and that. As an alternative bigger wholes separated from and
associated to at least one one other are given in expertise ; their association
and division are concrete and particular.

Do such preparations and divisions observe particular rules?
When the stimuli abcde seem collectively what are the rules
in accordance with which abc/de and never ab/cde is skilled
? It’s the function of this paper to look at this downside, and
we will due to this fact start with circumstances of discontinuous stimulus

I. A row of dots is introduced upon a homogeneous
floor. The alternate intervals are 3 mm. and 12 mm.

Usually this row might be seen as ab/cd, not as a/bc/de.
As a matter of truth it’s for most individuals inconceivable to see
the entire sequence concurrently within the latter grouping.

We have an interest right here in what is definitely seen. The next
will make this clear. One sees a row of teams obliquely tilted
from decrease left to higher proper (ab/cd/ef). The association
a/bc/de is extraordinarily troublesome to realize. Even when it
might be seen, such an association is much much less sure than the
different and is kind of prone to be upset by eye-movements or variations
of consideration.

That is much more clear in (iii).

Fairly clearly the association abc/def/ghi is vastly
superior to ceg/fhj/ikm.

One other, nonetheless clearer instance of spontaneous association is that
given in (iv). The pure grouping is, after all, a/bcd/efghi,
and so forth.

Resembling (i) however nonetheless extra compelling is the row of three-dot
groupings given in (v). One sees abc/def, and never some
different (theoretically potential) association.

One other instance of seeing what the target association dictates
is contained in (vi) for vertical, and in (vii) for horizontal

In all of the foregoing circumstances now we have used a comparatively giant quantity
of dots for every determine. Utilizing fewer we discover that the association
is just not so imperatively dictated as earlier than, and reversing the extra
apparent grouping is relatively simple. Examples: (viii)-(x).

It might be false to imagine that (viii)-(x) lend themselves extra
readily to reversal as a result of fewer stimulus factors (dots) are concerned.
Such incorrect reasoning could be primarily based upon the proposition “The
extra dots, the harder it will likely be to unite them into teams.”
Truly it’s only the unnatural, synthetic association which
is rendered harder by a bigger variety of factors. The pure
grouping (cf., e.g., (i), (ii), and so forth.) is by no means impeded by
growing the variety of dots. It by no means happens, for instance, that
with an extended row of such dots the method of “uniting”
them into pairs is deserted and particular person factors seen as a substitute.
It’s not true that fewer stimulus factors ” clearly “
yield less complicated, surer, extra elementary outcomes.

In every of the above circumstances that type of grouping is most pure
which entails the smallest interval. All of them present, that’s to
say, the predominant affect of what we might name The Issue
Proximity. Right here is the primary of the rules which
we undertook to find. That the precept holds additionally for auditory
group can readily be seen by substituting tap-tap, pause,
tap-tap, pause, and so forth. for (i), and so forth for the others.

II. Proximity is just not, nevertheless, the one issue concerned
in pure groupings. That is obvious from the next examples.
We will keep an equivalent proximity all through however fluctuate the
color of the dots themselves:–

Or, once more:–

Or, to repeat (v) however with uniform proximity :–

Thus we’re led to the invention of a second precept –viz.
the tendency of like elements to band collectively — which we might name
The Issue of Similarity. And once more it ought to be
remarked that this precept applies additionally to auditory expertise.
Sustaining a continuing interval, the beats could also be delicate and loud
(analogous to (xi)) thus: . . ! ! . . ! ! and so forth. Even when the try
to listen to another association succeeds, this can’t be maintained
for lengthy. The pure grouping quickly returns as an overwhelming
“upset” of the synthetic association.

In (xi)-(xiv) there’s, nevertheless, the potential for one other association
which shouldn’t be missed. We now have handled these sequences
when it comes to a fixed course from left to proper. However
it’s also true {that a} continuous change of course is
happening between the teams themselves : viz. the transition
from group one to group two (soft-to-loud), the transition from
group two to group three (loud-to-soft), and so forth. This naturally
entails a particular issue. To retain a continuing course it will
be essential to make every succeeding pair louder than the final.
Schematically this may be represented as :–

Or, in the identical approach:–

This retention of fixed course may be demonstrated
with achromatic colors (inexperienced background) thus: white, gentle
gray, medium gray, darkish gray, black. A musical copy of
(xv) could be C, C, E, E, F#, F#, A, A, C, C, . . .; and
equally for (xvi) : C, C, C, E, E, E, F#, F#, F#, A, A, A,
C, C, . . .

Up to now now we have dealt merely with a particular case of the overall
regulation. Not solely similarity and dissimilarity, however extra and fewer
dissimilarity function to find out skilled association.
With tones, for instance, C, C#, E, F, G#, A, C, C# . .
. might be heard within the grouping ab/cd . . . and C, C#,
D, E, F, F#, G#, A, A#, C, C#, D
. . . within the grouping abc/def
. . . Or, once more utilizing achromatic colors, we would current these
identical relationships within the method steered (schematically) by
(xvii) and (xviii).

(It’s obvious from the foregoing that quantitative comparisons
might be made concerning the applying of the identical legal guidelines in areas
— kind, color, sound — heretofore handled as psychologically
separate and heterogeneous.)

III. What is going to occur when two such elements seem
in the identical constellation ? They could be made to cooperate ; or,
they are often set in opposition-as, for instance, when one operates
to favour ab/cd whereas the different favours /bc/de.
By acceptable variations, both issue could also be weakened or
strengthened. For example, think about this association:–

the place each similarity and proximity are employed. An illustration
of opposition during which similarity is victorious regardless of the preferential
standing given to proximity is that this .-

A much less determined victory by similarity:–

Functioning collectively in the direction of the identical finish, similarity and proximity
vastly strengthen the prominence right here of verticality:–

The place, in circumstances corresponding to these, proximity is the predominant
issue, a gradual enhance of interval will finally introduce
some extent at which similarity is predominant. On this approach
it’s potential to check the power of those Components.

IV. A row of dots is introduced:–

after which, with out the topic’s anticipating it, however earlier than his eyes,
a sudden, slight shift upward is given, say, to d, e, f or
to d, e, f and j, okay, l collectively. This shift
is “pro-structural”, because it entails a whole group
of naturally associated dots. A shift upward of, say, c, d, e
or of c, d, e and i, j, okay could be “contra-structural”
as a result of the frequent destiny (i.e. the shift) to which these dots are
subjected does not conform with their pure groupings.

Shifts of the latter type are far much less “clean” than
these of the previous sort. The previous typically name forth from the
topic not more than naked recognition {that a} change has occurred;
not so with the latter sort. Right here it’s as if some specific
“opposition” to the change had been encountered. The
result’s complicated and discomforting. Generally a revolt towards
the initially dominant Issue of Proximity will happen and the
shifted dots themselves thereupon represent a brand new grouping whose
frequent destiny it has been to be shifted above the unique row.
The precept concerned right here could also be designated The Issue of
Uniform Future
(or of “Frequent Destiny“).

V. Think about a sequence of rows of which this could
be the primary :-

The intervals between a-b, c-d, and so forth. (designated hereafter
as S1) are on this row 2 mm.; these between b-c,
d-e, and so forth.
(S2) are 20 mm. We will maintain a, c, e,
and i fixed whereas various the horizontal place
of b, d, f, h, and j thus:–

S1 + S2 = 22

Row A
S1 = 2 mm.
S2 = 20 mm.

Experimentally we now current these rows individually.[2]
Will probably be discovered that there are three main constellations : The
dominant impression in Row A is ab/cd, and in Row G it
is /bc/de. However within the center row (represented in our schema
by D) the predominant impression is that of uniformity. These
three constellations thus represent “distinctive areas”
and it will likely be discovered that intervening rows are extra indefinite
in character and their association much less placing; certainly they
are sometimes most simply seen within the sense of the closest main constellation.
Instance: intermediate rows within the neighborhood of D might be seen as
“not fairly equally spaced” (even when the distinction
between intervals S1 and S2 is clearly supraliminal).

Or to take one other instance. Suppose one aspect of an angle is held
horizontal and the opposite passes via an arc from 30 to 150
No extra right here than within the previous case is every diploma
of equal worth psychologically. As an alternative there are three principal
phases: acute, proper, and obtuse. The “proper angle”,
for instance, has a sure area such that an angle of 93 seems
as a (roughly insufficient) proper angle. Levels intermediate
between the main ones have the character of indefiniteness about
them and are readily seen within the sense of 1 or the opposite
adjoining Prägnanzstufen[3].
This may be very clearly demonstrated by tachistoscopic shows,
for on this case the observer incessantly sees a proper angle
even when objectively a extra acute or extra obtuse angle is being
introduced. Though the observer might report that it was “not
fairly appropriate”, “someway flawed”, and so forth., he’s normally
unable to say during which course the “error” lies.

Normally we might say, as within the case above the place the placement
of b between a and c was assorted, that our
impressions are usually not psychologically equal for all positions
of b. As an alternative there are particular Prägnanzstufen
with their acceptable realms or areas, and intermediate
phases sometimes seem “within the sense of” considered one of these
attribute areas.

VI. Suppose now that the variations from A to G
are carried out earlier than the observer’s eyes. This process leads
to a discovery of The Issue of Goal Set [Einstellung].
As one proceeds from A in the direction of G or from G in the direction of A the unique
grouping in every case (i.e. ab/cd within the former, /bc/de
within the latter) tends to keep up itself even past the center
row. Then there happens an upset and the alternative grouping turns into
dominant. The constellation of Row C, for instance, might be totally different
when preceded by A and B from what it will be when preceded by
G, F, E. Which means that the row is a component in a sequence and
the regulation of its association is such that the constellation ensuing
from one type of sequence might be totally different from that given
by some different sequence. Or, once more, a sure (objectively)
ambiguous association might be completely particular and unequivocal
when given as a component in a sequence. (In view of its nice power
this Issue should in all circumstances be thought-about with a lot care.)

Parenthetically: it’s customary to attribute influences such
as these to purely subjective (which means by this “purely arbitrary”)
situations. However our examples refer solely to goal elements
: the presence or absence of a sure row of dots in a sequence
is set solely by goal situations. It’s objectively
fairly totally different whether or not a Row M is introduced after Row L or after
Row N; or, whether or not the shows observe each other instantly
or happen on totally different days.

When a number of rows are concurrently introduced it’s after all
potential to pick one row or one other fairly in accordance with one’s
(subjective) fancy; or any sure row could also be in contrast with one other
simply above or beneath it. However this particular case is just not what we’re
right here involved with. Such subjectively decided preparations
are potential solely if the rows of dots allow of two or
extra modes of apprehension. Curiously sufficient, nevertheless, it has
been simply this particular case (the place goal situations don’t
themselves compel us to see one association fairly than one other)
which has normally been regarded as the elemental relationship.
As a matter of truth we will see beneath how even purely subjective
elements are certainly not as arbitrary of their operations as one
would possibly suppose.

VII. That spatial proximity won’t alone account
for group might be proven by an instance corresponding to Fig. 1.
Taken individually the factors in B are in nearer proximity
to the person factors of A.

(or C) than the factors of 4 and C are to one another. Nonetheless
the perceived grouping is just not AB/C of BC/A¸
however, fairly clearly “a horizontal line and a vertical line”
— i.e. AC/B. In Fig. 2 the spatial proximity of B
and C is even better, but the consequence remains to be AC/B
i.e. horizontal-oblique. The identical is true of the connection
,AB/C in Fig. 3. As Figs. 4-7 additionally present we’re dealing
now with a brand new precept which we might name The Issue of
Route. That course should be unequivocally given
even when curved traces are used is after all apparent (cf. Figs.

See Also

The dominance of this Consider sure circumstances might be particularly
clear if one makes an attempt to see Fig. 13 as (abefil…) (cdghkm…)
as a substitute of (acegik) (bdfhlm…).

Suppose in Fig. 8 we had solely the half designated as A,
and suppose any two different traces had been to be added. Which of the
extra ones would be part of, A as its continuation and which
would seem as an appendage?

As it’s now drawn, AC constitutes the continuity, B
the appendage. Figs. 14-19 characterize a couple of such variations.
Thus, for instance, we see that AC/B remains to be the dominant
group even in Fig. 15 (the place C is tangent to the circle
implied by A).

However in Fig. 16, when B is tangent to A, we nonetheless
have AC/B. Naturally, nevertheless, the size of B and
C is a crucial consideration. In all such circumstances there
come up the identical questions as these steered above in our dialogue
of Prägnanzstufen. Sure preparations are stronger
than others, and appear to “triumph”; intermediate preparations
are much less distinctive, extra equivocal.

On the entire the reader ought to discover no issue in seeing
what is supposed right here. In designing a sample, for instance, one
has a sense how successive elements ought to observe each other;
one is aware of what a “good” continuation is, how “internal
coherence” is to be achieved, and so forth.; one acknowledges a resultant
“good Gestalt” just by its personal “internal necessity”.
A extra detailed research at this juncture would require consideration
of the next: Additions to an incomplete object (e.g. the
phase of a curve) might proceed in a course against that
of the unique, or they might stick with it the precept “logically
demanded” by the unique.

It’s within the latter case that “unity” will consequence. This
doesn’t imply, nevertheless, that “simplicity” will consequence
from an addition which is (piecewise thought-about) “easy”.
Certainly even a really “difficult” addition might promote
unity of the resultant complete. “Simplicity” doesn’t
discuss with the properties of particular person elements ; simplicity is a
property of wholes. Lastly, the addition have to be considered additionally
when it comes to such attribute “complete properties” as
closure, equilibrium, and symmetry.[4]

From an inspection of Figs. 20-22 we’re led to the invention
of nonetheless one other precept: The Issue of Closure. If A,
B, C, D
are given and AB/CD represent two self-enclosed
models, then this association fairly than AC/BD will
be apprehended. It’s not true, nevertheless, that closure is essentially
the dominant Consider all circumstances which fulfill these situations.
In Fig. 23, for instance, it isn’t three self-enclosed areas however
fairly The Issue of the “Good Curve” which predominates.

It’s instructive on this connection to find out the situations
underneath which two figures will seem as two unbiased
figures, and people underneath which they may mix to yield a completely
totally different (single) determine. (Examples: Figs. 24-27). And this is applicable
additionally to surfaces.[5] The reader
might check the affect of floor wholeness by making an attempt to see
Fig. 24 as three separate, closed figures. With colored
areas the unity of naturally coherent elements could also be enhanced nonetheless

Fig. 28 is most readily seen as an indirect deltoid (bc)
inside a rectangle (advert). Attempt now to see on the left aspect
a hexagon whose decrease right-hand nook is shaded, and on the
proper aspect one other hexagon whose higher left-hand nook is shaded
[viz. Figs. 28a and 28b].

As soon as extra we observe (as with the curves of Figs. 9-12) the affect
of an inclination in the direction of the “good” Gestalt, and within the
current case it’s in all probability simpler than earlier than to understand the which means
of this expression. Right here it’s clearly evident {that a} unitary
color tends to result in uniformity of colouring throughout the
given floor.[6]

Taking any determine (e.g. Fig. 29) it’s instructive to lift
such questions as the next: By the use of what additions can
one so alter the determine {that a} spontaneous apprehension of the
unique could be inconceivable? (Figs. 30-32 are examples.) A wonderful
methodology of reaching this result’s to finish sure “good
subsidiaries” in a fashion which is “contra-structural”
relative to the unique. (However discover that not all. additions
to the unique could have this impact. Figs. 33-34, for instance,
characterize additions which we might name “detached”
since they’re neither “prostructural” nor “contra-structural”.)

Allow us to name the unique (Fig. 29) O and any contra-structural
addition C, whereas any pro-structural addition we will
name P. For our functions, then, O is to be thought
of as a subsidiary of some extra inclusive complete. Now O
whether or not taken alone or as a part of OP is totally different from
what it will be in OC It’s of the primary significance for
O in which constellation it seems.[7]
(On this approach an individual totally aware of 0 might be made fairly
blind to its existence. This is applicable not solely to recognition
however to notion normally.)

VIII. One other Issue is that of previous expertise
or behavior. Its precept is that if AB and C however
not BC have develop into routine (or “related “)
there’s then an inclination for ABC to seem as AB/C.
In contrast to the opposite rules with which now we have been dealing,
it’s attribute of this one which the contents A, B, C
are assumed to be unbiased of the constellation during which they
seem. Their association is on precept decided merely by
extrinsic circumstances (e.g. drill).

There might be little question that a few of our apprehensions are decided
on this approach.[8] Typically arbitrary
materials might be organized in arbitrary kind and, after a ample
drill, made routine. The issue is, nevertheless, that many individuals
are inclined to attribute to this precept the elemental construction
of all apprehension. The state of affairs in Sec. VII,
they might say, merely entails the prominence of routine complexes.
Straight traces, proper angles, the arcs of circles, squares-all
are acquainted from on a regular basis expertise. And so it’s also with
the intervals between elements (e.g. the areas between written phrases),
and with uniformity of colored surfaces. Expertise provides
a continuing drill in such issues.

And but, regardless of its plausibility, the doctrine of previous expertise
brushes apart the true issues of apprehension a lot too simply.
Its obligation ought to be to reveal in every of the foregoing circumstances
(1) that the dominant apprehension was resulting from earlier expertise
(and to nothing else); (2) that non-dominant apprehensions in
every occasion had not been beforehand skilled ; and, normally,
(3) that within the amassing of expertise none however adventitious
elements want ever be concerned. It ought to be clear from our earlier
discussions and examples that this programme couldn’t succeed.
A single instance will suffice to point out this. Proper angles encompass
us from childhood (desk, cabinet, window, comers of rooms, homes).
At first this appears fairly self-evident. However does the kid’s atmosphere
include nothing however man-made objects? Are there not in nature
(e.g. the branches of bushes) absolutely as many obtuse and acute angles
? However way more essential than these is the next consideration.
Is it true that cabinets, tables, and so forth., really current
proper angles to the kid’s eye? If we think about the literal reception
of stimuli upon the retina, how typically are proper angles
as such concerned? Definitely much less typically than the notion
of proper angles. As a matter of truth the situations essential
for a literal “proper angle” stimulation are realized
however hardly ever in on a regular basis life (viz. solely when the desk or
different object seems in a frontal parallel airplane). Therefore the argument
from expertise is referring. to not repetition of literal stimulus
situations, however to repetition of phenomenal expertise and the
downside due to this fact merely repeats itself.

No matter whether or not or not one believes that the relationships
mentioned in Sec. VII rely upon previous expertise, the query
stays in both case: Do these relationships exhibit the operations
of intrinsic legal guidelines or not, and in that case, which legal guidelines? Such a query
requires experimental inquiry and can’t be answered by the mere
expression “previous expertise”.

Allow us to take two preparations which have been habitually skilled
within the types abc and def many 1000’s of instances.
I place them collectively and current abcdef. Is the consequence
positive to be abcldef? Fig. 35, which is merely the
mixture of a W and an M, could also be taken for instance. One ordinarily
sees not the acquainted letters W and M, however a sinuation between
two symmetrically curved uprights. If we designate elements of the
W from left to proper as abc and people of the M as def,
the determine could also be described as advert/be/cf (or as /be/
between /advert/ and /cf/); not, nevertheless, as abc/def.

However the objection is likely to be raised that whereas we’re acquainted sufficient
with W and M, we aren’t accustomed to seeing them in this
approach (one above the opposite) and that for this reason the opposite association
is dominant. It might actually be false, nevertheless, to contemplate
this an “clarification”. At greatest this mode of method
might present solely why the association W-M is not seen; the
optimistic aspect would nonetheless be untouched. However other than this, the
objection is rendered impotent once we organize abc and
def one above the opposite (Fig. 36) in a vogue fairly as
uncommon as that given in Fig- 35. Neither is the argument admissible
that the preparations /advert/ and /be/ and /cf/
in Fig. 35 are themselves acquainted from previous expertise. It
merely is just not true that as a lot expertise has been had with /be/
as with the b in abc and the e in def.

IX. When an object seems upon a homogeneous discipline
there have to be stimulus differentiation (inhomogeneity) so as
that the item could also be perceived. A superbly homogeneous discipline
seems as a complete discipline [Ganzfeld] opposing subdivision,
disintegration, and so forth. To impact a segregation inside this discipline
requires comparatively sturdy differentiation between the item
and its background. And this holds not just for ideally homogeneous
fields but in addition for fields during which, e.g., a symmetrical brightness
distribution obtains, or during which the “homogeneity”
consists in a uniform dappled impact. The perfect case for the ensuing
of a determine in such a discipline is when within the complete discipline a closed
floor of easy kind is totally different in color from the remaining
discipline. Such a floor determine is just not one member of a duo (of which
the entire discipline or “floor” could be the opposite member)
; its contours function boundary traces just for this determine.
The background is just not restricted by !he determine, however normally appears
to proceed unbroken beneath that determine.

Inside this determine there could also be then additional subdivision
leading to subsidiary wholes. The process right here as earlier than is
within the course “from above downward” and it will likely be
discovered that the Components mentioned in Sec. VII are essential for these
subdivisions.[9] As regards consideration,
fixation, and so forth., it follows that they’re secondarily decided
relative to the pure relations already given by complete constellations
as such. Take into account, e.g., the distinction between some artificially
decided focus of consideration and that spontaneously ensuing
from the pro-structural emphasis given by a determine itself. For
an method “from above downward”, i.e. from whole-properties
downward in the direction of subsidiary wholes and elements, particular person elements
(“parts”) are usually not major, not items to be mixed
in and-summations, however are elements of wholes.


1 Grateful acknowledgment is hereby made to
Julius Springer, Verlagsbuchhandlung, Berlin, for
permission to breed the illustrations used on this SELECTION.

2 The above classification of however 7 rows is
supposed merely as a schema. In precise experimentation many extra
than 7 (with correspondingly extra minute variations of intervals)
are wanted.

3 [“Stufen” = steps or stages
; the term “Prägnanz” cannot be translated.
In the present usage “Prägnanzstufen” means
regions of figural stability in a sense which should be
clear from the text.]

4 Symmetry signifies excess of mere similarity
of elements; it refers fairly to the logical correctness of a component
thought-about relative to the entire during which that half happens.

5 Examine in Choice 6 [“On
transparency”, in Ellis, W. (Ed.) (1938). A source book
of Gestalt psychology
(pp. 89-94). London: Routledge &
Kegan Paul] the applying which [Wilhelm] Fuchs makes of this.

6 The Issue of similarity can thus be seen
as a particular occasion of The Issue of the Good Gestalt.

7 Examine Picks 9a and
9b [Kurt Gottschaldt’s “Gestalt factors and repetition”
(2 parts). In W. Ellis (Ed.) (1938). A source book of Gestalt
(pp. 89-94). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul]

8 Instance: 314 cm. is apprehended as abc/de,
not as ab/cde — i.e. as 314 cm., not 31/4 cm. nor
as 314c/m.

9 Epistemologically this distinction between
“above” and “beneath” is of nice significance.
The thoughts and the psychophysiological reception of stimuli do not
reply after the style of a mirror or photographic equipment
receiving particular person 1. stimuli ” qua particular person models
and dealing them up “from beneath” into the objects of
expertise. As an alternative response is made to articulation as a whole-and
this after the style steered by the Components of Sec. VII. It
follows that the equipment of reception can’t be described as
a piecewise kind of mechanism. It should he of such a nature as
to he ready to understand the internal necessity of articulated
wholes. Once we think about the issue on this gentle it turns into
obvious that items are usually not even skilled as such however that
apprehension itself is characteristically “from above”.

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