The Echoes of the Mind (13-3) Figure-Ground Relationship

Figure-Ground Relationship

In the 1910s Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin observed that a basic facet of perception comes in distinguishing an object of attention from the background. This figure-ground relationship is altered when one shifts attention to another object of attention. The figure at right illustrates. One alternately sees 2 faces facing each or a vase, depending on the figure and ground. This figure also has perceptual multi-stability.