Figure-Ground Perception: Definition & Examples


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What is figure-ground perception?

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1. Who discovered figure-ground perception?

2. Which of the following is a main belief of Gestalt psychologists?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Gestalt psychologists theorized five laws that govern how people perceive their surroundings. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of one of these laws, figure-ground perception, and help explain why people perceive figures the way they do.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass this quiz, students will need to know the following information:

  • Key figures and vocabulary related to figure-ground perception
  • Gestalt psychology beliefs
  • Characteristics of figure-ground perception

Skills Practiced

Students will also gain proficiency in these related skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on figure-ground perception
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about perception in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as Gestalt and figure

Additional Learning

View the lesson titled Figure-Ground Perception: Definition & Examples to learn more about this topic. The following objectives are covered in this lesson:

  • Analyze specific images and explain why they can be viewed multiple ways according to figure-ground perception
  • Examine the effect of light and dark colors on perception
  • Explain how figure-ground perception is related to Gestalt theory