Axiomathes 13 (3-4):399-432 (2003)

The concept of simultaneous masking in visual field is discussed, in the light of classical examples, of the various kinds of the phenomenon, of a modal completion, of the figure/ground phenomenon, of ambiguous and reversible figures, of mimicry and camouflage and eventually of the complexity of the stimulus. There is some reference to masking in auditory field. The “reality” of the masked configuration is discussed, drawing the conclusion that it is perceptually unreal. The fact that the masking phenomenon cannot take place without comparison between two perceptual acts – what we see at one moment and what we see a moment after LATER – and the fact that the masked configuration pops out with some surprise, lead to the conclusion that simultaneous masking in visual field is not a bare perceptual phenomenon, but a psychological process not unlike insight.
Keywords Perception  Vision  Audition  Masking  Amodal completion  Figure/ground  Ambiguous figures  Reversible figures  Mimicry  Camouflage  Insight
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DOI 10.1023/B:AXIO.0000007211.85276.56
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