The Phi Phenomenon: Definition & Example


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Which of the following best describes the phi phenomenon?

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1. When you go to a movie theatre and watch a film, you do not perceive each individual frame of the film. Rather, you see a continuously moving image. Which of the following describes this perceptual experience?

2. You look at an image on a computer screen that looks like one ball moving rapidly around in a circle. It is actually a number of different balls in a circular shape, each blinking. Which of the following explains this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When you work through the questions on this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll gauge your knowledge of the phi phenomenon. Our multiple-choice questions concern topics such as the phenomenon that appears to make an image change places and how to explain why our eyes see movement when an image doesn't move.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take this quiz to see how well you know:

  • How to describe the phi phenomenon
  • The perceptual experience of a continuously moving image as experienced in a movie theater
  • Which phenomenon appears to make an image change places
  • How to explain why our eyes see movement when images are stationary
  • A major field of concern in Gestalt psychology

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  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the phi phenomenon and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related phi phenomenon lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a major field of study in Gestalt psychology

Additional Learning

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  • Give a real-life example of the phi phenomenon
  • Identify who discovered the phi phenomenon
  • Explain the connection between speed and the brain's perception in the phi phenomenon