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Educational objectives

The Course of Theory of Perception and Psychology of Form wishes to illustrate the study of different  theories concerning  the mechanisms of perception, with particular reference to the perception of vision.

Issues on psychophysics of vision and anatomo-physiological aspects of the visual system will be analyzed, underlining how they are closely connected to our perception of the real world.

Birth and development of the main theories and models that characterized visual perception, will be studied, focusing on the fact that they are based on physical, physiological and psychological  principles, with a particular reference to the concept of experimental phenomenology of the Gestalt school.

Particular attention will be given to analysis of differences between physical world and phenomenal world, especially with regard to knowledge and application, during design, of specific regulations defined by the philosophy of perception.

Skills acquired

The concepts of sensation and perception ; the visual system and the psychophysical chain; development of main  perception theories ( from  associationism to Gibson’s ecology theory); the Gestalt school and formal unification systems; illusion and ambiguous figures; perceptive consistency; the psychological bases of perception of the physical world and of the phenomenal world.

Methods of evaluation

The exam includes  a written multiple choice and open response test .


Stefano Mastandrea – Psicologia della Percezione – Carocci 2017
Silvia D. Ferraris – Vedere per progettare, Basic Design e percezione visiva per il disegno industriale -Franco Angeli 2014
Manfredo Massironi – Fenomenologia della percezione visiva – Il Mulino 1998
Materiale didattico delle singole lezioni e articoli di approfondimento verranno forniti dal docente.