The Wolfgang Metzger Page

Wolfgang Metzger
(* 22.7.1899 + 20.12.1979)
1978 : Honorary Chairman of the international
Society for Gestalt Theory and its Applications (GTA)
photograph of WM

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The Wolfgang Metzger Award


Wolfgang METZGERs
"Psychologie. Die Entwicklung ihrer Grundannahmen seit der Einführung des Experiments"

(first edition published in 1941)
has recently been published in its 6th edition by the Wolfgang Krammer Verlag, Vienna, 2001.
Order the new edition by email or via the website of the publishing house (407 pp.; price: EUR 45,-).



NEW!Wolfgang Metzger

Laws of Seeing

(translated by Lothar Spillmann, Michael Wertheimer, Steven Lehar)

MIT Press, Cambridge 2006

ISBN 0-262-13467-5

6 x 9, 194 illus. $48.00/£30.95 (CLOTH)

Order this book now!

English translation of the 1st edition of Metzger's 'Gesetze des Sehens'.

This classic work in vision science, written by a leading figure in Germany's Gestalt movement in psychology and first published in 1936, addresses topics that remain of major interest to vision researchers today.

Wolfgang Metzger's main argument, drawn from Gestalt theory, is that the objects we perceive in visual experience are not the objects themselves but perceptual effigies of those objects constructed by our brain according to natural rules. Gestalt concepts are currently being increasingly integrated into mainstream neuroscience by researchers proposing network processing beyond the classical receptive field. Metzger's discussion of such topics as ambiguous figures, hidden forms, camouflage, shadows and depth, and three-dimensional representations in paintings will interest anyone working in the field of vision and perception, including psychologists, biologists, neurophysiologists, and researchers in computational vision--and artists, designers, and philosophers.

Each chapter is accompanied by compelling visual demonstrations of the phenomena described; the book includes 194 illustrations, drawn from visual science, art, and everyday experience, that invite readers to verify Metzger's observations for themselves. Today's researchers may find themselves pondering the intriguing question of what effect Metzger's theories might have had on vision research if The Laws of Seeing and its treasure trove of perceptual observations had been available to the English-speaking world at the time of its writing.

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