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Posted by lupe on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 11:54am.

The Getsalt principle explains why the figures,\$\$\$\$AAA###, are perceived as three groups instead of nine separate figures.

• psychology - bobpursley, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 11:56am

What three groups, I see 10 figures.

• psychology - lupe, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 11:59am

The _________Getsalt principle explains why the figures, \$\$\$AAA###, are perceived as three groups instead of nine separate figures. Choose from the following A) closure B)Continuity C)Similarity D)Proximity

• psychology - bobpursley, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:03pm

Let me give you an example:
\$A#A\$##\$A
Hmmmm. So was it the proximity of the first set?

• psychology - lupe, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:05pm

similarity

• psychology - bobpursley, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:06pm

Nope, I think it was proximity. The set I gave you did not have proximity, but there were three similar sets hidden there.

• psychology - lupe, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:06pm

similarity

• psychology - lupe, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:08pm

okay i see

• psychology - MattsRiceBowl, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:08pm

Here's a good explanation of those:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestalt_psychology#Pr.C3.A4gnanz

• psychology - bobpursley, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:08pm

Ok, put down similarity, and get it wrong. Machts Nichts.

• psychology - MattsRiceBowl, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 12:13pm

Actually, an easier and more visual description is here:

• psychology - PsyDAG, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 1:41pm

Lupe, I think you and bobpursley are both right. Proximity of the whole figure would more likely lead you to perceive it as one unit, while similarity would lead you to perceive it as three. However, proximity of the similar figures to each other leads them to be grouped together as three units rather than one. (Notice how it is harder to perceive three separate groups in bobpursley's example than the original.)

Since there is no space between the figures, there is no need for closure. Continuity would lead you to perceive it as one unit, because they all continue on that line.

I hope this helps a little more. Thanks for asking.

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