What is OpenPSYC?

OpenPSYC is a free online resource for students in Introduction to Psychology courses. Use the links on the right to learn more about the site, visit a course module or search by keyword.

Gestalt Psychology

The word Gestalt is German for “whole” or “form” and, in psychology, refers to the idea that what we perceive from top-down processing has more meaning than what would be perceived from simply bottom-up processing. Psychologists that study perception have identified a number of principles that influence our perception. Think of these specific principles as further examples of top-down processing, but know and be able to draw diagrams for:

· Figure-Ground
· Proximity
· Similarity
· Good continuation
· Closure
· Area
· Symmetry

Read: Gestalt Theory of Visual Perception (http://goo.gl/Uixzlx)

You can also see the following for more examples: