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date: 24 January 2020

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This chapter discusses the phenomena of perceptual completion. First, a historic overview on the phenomena of amodal and modal completion is given. Next, various approaches and experimental paradigms in studies on amodal completion and modal completion are discussed. More specific stimulus related issues are discussed as well, such as effects of context and dimensionality for amodal completions, the notion of incompleteness, the distinction between the so-called Kanizsa-type and Petter-type, and the effects of kinetic contours and stereopsis for modal completions. In addition, for both amodal and modal completions, findings with regard to the underlying neural correlates and developmental aspects are highlighted, as well as some animal research. The chapter ends with a brief discussion on the identity hypothesis and a reflection on the influence of knowledge.

Keywords: perceptual completion, amodal completion, modal completion, incompleteness, identity hypothesis

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