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Visual perception and Gestalt grouping in the landscape: Are Gestalt grouping prinicples reliable indicators of visual preference?
by Levy, Mark Reinhardt, M.L.A., Mississippi State University, 2009, 186; 1470520
Abstract (Summary)

Landscape visual preference research has indicated many potential indicators of preference; however a comprehensive framework concerning the relationship between visual preference and perception has not been solidified. Gestalt psychology, the predecessor to visual perception, proposes certain visual grouping tendencies to explain how humans perceive the world. This study examines if Gestalt grouping principles are reliable indicators of preference, and if they may be used to develop a broad context for visual assessment.

Visual preference for 36 landscape scenes testing the proximity and similarity of landscape elements were ranked one through five by 1,749 Mississippi State University undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members in a web-based preference survey. Using a two-way between groups analysis of variance (ANOVA) to analyze responses, the results indicate that the proximal and similar configuration of landscape elements within a scene does significantly affect visual preference.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Artunc, Sadik C.
Commitee: Brzuszek, Robert F., Fulford, Charles T.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Landscape Architecture
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Landscape architecture, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Gestalt grouping principles, Landscape visual perception, Landscape visual preference
Publication Number: 1470520
ISBN: 978-1-109-51673-9
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