It applies the approaches and findings of modern psychology to the study of art; it descirbes the visual process that takes place when people create - or look at. Art and Visual Perception. Front Cover · Rudolf Arnheim. University of California Press, - Art - pages. 1 Review. Originaludgave: eet eks på T. LibraryThing Review. User Review - j-b-colson - LibraryThing. This is a dense book, not an easy read, but a must for the advanced student of art or photography .

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AND VISUAL. PERCEPTION. A Psychology of the Creative Eye. The New Version. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London . Art and visual perception by Rudolf Arnheim, , University of California Press edition, in English - New version, expanded and rev. ed. It casts the visual process in psychological terms and describes the creative way one's eye Art and Visual Perception A Psychology of the Creative Eye, Fiftieth.

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To a physicist a circle or sphere is formed, as, say, in a soap bubble, when a system finds an equilibrium at a minimum energy level. Such ideas, which Verstegen , p.

That has, however, left a difficult theoretical gap, for although the Gestalt principles seem to be sound as descriptions of perceptual phenomena, there is no strong theoretical underpinning for their origin. On the one hand, it ought to be possible, as Verstegen , p.

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Within psychological aesthetics one of the most important of writers has been Rudolf Arnheim — , much of whose theorising originates within Gestalt psychology Cupchik ; Verstegen In Art and Visual Perception Arnheim ; 1 and The Power of the Center , Arnheim emphasised an holistic interpretation of an entire image or space, in which there are interacting, balancing sets of forces.

In interpreting Arnheim, and the simple designs that he considers in Art and Visual Perception, it is important also to realise that much of Arnheim's theorising derives from Denman Ross's A Theory of Pure Design , which Arnheim cites, and which takes a much more explicitly physicalist approach. Denman Ross's book has been much neglected in the psychological literature, to the extent that in Web of Science we found only 11 citations, only 3 of which were from psychology journals Daniels ; Jacobson ; Jasper Nevertheless, the book is of great interest, not least because Denman W Ross — was a polymath in the humanities and a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at Harvard Hopkinson , the university in which Arnheim was based when he prepared the revised edition of Art and Visual Perception.

In the present paper we will firstly consider how the Arnheim—Ross theory of visual composition can be formalised so that it makes specific empirical predictions, and then test the theory directly by means of several experiments, mostly involving photographic images. The chapter begins with a reductionist approach that is reminiscent of the approach of a physicist, considering the relationship between a single black disk placed on a white background within a square frame.

The frame has an influence upon the disk, and indeed even an empty square frame, is empty and not empty at the same time. Its center is part of a complex hidden structure, which we can explore by means of the disk, much as we can use iron filings to explore the lines of force in a magnetic field p.

Ross discusses the problem of achieving a visual balance for a set of small disks arranged asymmetrically. This is best done by means of a symmetrical inclosure or frame. In ascertaining just where the centre is … we depend upon visual sensitiveness or visual feeling, guided by an understanding of the principle of balance: that equal attractions, tensions or pulls, balance at equal distances from a given center, that unequal attractions balance at distances inversely proportional to them.

Given certain attractions, to find the center, we weigh the attractions together in the field of vision and observe the position of the center Arnheim , p. It is hopefully clear that what Ross is describing is not mere metaphor, but is intended to be taken literally, in a sense that a physicist would recognise, and that in principle the balance can be computed as if it were a problem in physics. In a direct analogy with the cropping methodology to be described later, a composition which is in balance can be found by moving a frame around the set of dots or objects: Move the frame up or down, right or left, and the center of the frame and center of the attractions will no longer coincide, and the balance will be lost.

We might say of this arrangement that it is a Harmony of Positions due to the coincidence of two centers, the center of the attractions and the center of the framing p.

The only important difference between Arnheim and Ross is that while Ross seems to require the centre of the attractions to be at the physical centre of the frame, Arnheim suggests that a picture can be balanced if the centre of the attractions is placed on any of the major axes of an image, the horizontal or vertical axes, or of the two diagonals—and Arnheim's Figure 3 p. The psychological literature on balance has implicitly, and often explicitly, adopted physicalist ideas of balance [eg, in earlier work of one of us McManus et al ; McManus and Kitson , as well as that of Locher et al ].

Sometimes this involves simple synthetic images, often only consisting of black and white, rather than the multiple grey levels of photographs, as, for instance, in Locher et al , Locher et al , and Wilson and Chatterjee , or in images drawn from Japanese calligraphy Gershoni and Hochstein , in all of which studies a balance score is calculated. Were Arnheim not intending to be physicalist, then, having cited Ross, he would surely have felt obliged to clarify that his own interpretation was only metaphorical.

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For most of the rest of this paper we will interpret the theory physically, using the standard ideas of elementary physics on identification of a centre of gravity, or more generally the centre of mass CoM , of a set of objects. Fixational eye movements in normal and pathological vision.

Microsaccades: a microcosm for research on oculomotor control, attention, and visual perception. Fixational eye movements and motion perception.

A cholinergic mechanism underlies persistent neural activity necessary for eye fixation. Perceptual Completion.

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