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Dynamics of perceptual grouping: similarities between the organization of visual and auditory groups

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Show simple item record Elliott, Mark en 2011-01-28T13:15:01Z en 2011-01-28T13:15:01Z en 2001-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Aksentijevi, A., Elliott, M. A., & Barber, P. J. (2001). Dynamics of perceptual grouping: Similarities in the organization of visual and auditory groups. Visual Cognition, 8(3), 349-358. en
dc.identifier.issn 1350-6285 en
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dc.description.abstract In vision, the Gestalt principles of perceptual organization are generally well understood and remain a subject of detailed analysis. However, the possibility for a unified theory of grouping across visual and auditory modalities remains largely unexplored. Here we present examples of auditory and visual Gestalt grouping, which share important organizational properties. In particular, similarities are revealed between grouping processes in apparent motion, auditory streaming, and static 2-D displays. Given the substantial difference in the context, within which the phenomena in question occur (auditory vs. visual, static vs. dynamic), these similarities suggest that the dynamics of perceptual organization could be associated with a common (possibly central) mechanism. If the relevance of supramodal invariants of grouping is granted, the question arises as to whether they can be studied empirically. We propose that a "force-field" theory, based on a differential-geometric interpretation of perceptual space, could provide a suitable starting point for a systematic exploration of the subjective properties of certain classes of auditory and visual grouping phenomena. en
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dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Visual perception en
dc.subject Cognition en
dc.title Dynamics of perceptual grouping: similarities between the organization of visual and auditory groups en
dc.type Article en
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dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en
dc.contributor.funder Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft project grant # SCHR 375/8-1 en

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