Thursday, October 4, 2012

Visual Closure

Visual closure is a form of perception that functions as an information processing system used to interpret stimulus received through vision. Visual closure is explained as the ability to recognize a complete whole when only given fragmented information, or partial pictures is shown. For instance, when processing written information, as apposed to pictorial stimulus, the brain does not individually interpret each letter individually, instead it reads the word as a whole. This cognitive function allows for quicker reading, as well as comprehension, as the brain does not have to attend to every given detail. Deficits in visual perception, such as visual closure, can hinder learning, recognition, and memory capabilities. Interestingly, those with deficits in visual closure often have difficulty predicting outcomes. Visual closure demonstrates the link between the ability to input visual stimulus and cognitive ability.


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