Emergence of perceptual Gestalts in the human visual cortex: the case of the configural-superiority effect.

@article{Kubilius2011EmergenceOP,
  title={Emergence of perceptual Gestalts in the human visual cortex: the case of the configural-superiority effect.},
  author={Jonas Kubilius and Johan Wagemans and Hans P Op de Beeck},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2011},
  volume={22 10},
  pages={1296-303}
}
Many Gestalt phenomena have been described in terms of perception of a whole being not equal to the sum of its parts. It is unclear how these phenomena emerge in the brain. We used functional MRI to study the neural basis of the behavioral configural-superiority effect (i.e., visual search is more efficient when an odd element is part of a configuration than when it is presented by itself). We found that searching for the odd element in a display of four line segments (parts) was facilitated by… CONTINUE READING
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