Professor Murmann's Blog: Experience Gestalt Pictures

Experience Gestalt Pictures

My former student John Tsau forwarded me some other examples of pictures that can be seen in different ways. What we can see is to a large extent conditioned what we expect to see in the world in the first place…


Gestalt psychologists have worked out these principles as guiding our perception.

• Proximity: We tend to group things together that are close together in space.

• Similarity: We tend to group things together that are similar

• Good Continuation: We tend to perceive things in good form

• Closure: We tend to make our experience as complete as possible

• Figure and Ground: We tend to organize our perceptions by distinguishing between a figure and a background.