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date: 25 January 2020

(p. xiii) Acknowledgements

(p. xiii) Acknowledgements

Editing a handbook such as this is a serious undertaking. It has been high on my list of priorities for over 3 years, from the first draft of the proposal to the writing of this paragraph. I was aided in my initial steps by the helpful suggestions of many colleagues, including those who accepted invitations to become members of the Scientific Advisory Board: Marlene Behrmann, Patrick Cavanagh, Walter Gerbino, Glyn Humphreys, Stephen E. Palmer, and Pieter Roelfsema. I was struck by the great level of enthusiasm I received from those I approached to write specific chapters. Almost all accepted right away, and those who did not, explained how much they regretted being unable to contribute due to other commitments. I thank everyone for tolerating my persistence during the more difficult aspects of the editorial process, such as the coordination of submissions, reviews, revisions, author proofs, and copyright forms. I would especially like to thank all of the authors for their excellent contributions, and all of the reviewers (many of them authors themselves or current and former postdoctoral collaborators) for the useful feedback and specific suggestions for further improvements. A word of gratitude is in order for Martin Baum (Senior Commissioning Editor for Psychology and Neuroscience at Oxford University Press), for his enthusiasm and support throughout the whole process, from the very beginning to the very end. I would also like to thank Charlotte Green (Senior Assistant Commissioning Editor for Psychology and Social Work at Oxford University Press) and all the staff at OUP (and their service companies) for their professional assistance during all steps from manuscript to final production in electronic and book form. You have all done a marvellous job, thanks a lot!

I would like to thank my university (KU Leuven) and faculty (Psychology and Educational Sciences) for allowing me a sabbatical when I started to work on this handbook, and the Research Foundation–Flanders (K8.009.12N) for funding it. In addition, I thank the “Institut d’études avancées” (IEA), Paris for providing an excellent environment to work on a large and time-consuming project such as this. Last but not least, I thank the Flemish Government for the long-term structural funding of my large-scale research program, aimed at reintegrating Gestalt psychology into contemporary vision science and cognitive neuroscience (METH/08/02 and METH/14/02). With this handbook I hope to significantly contribute to realizing this ambition. (p. xiv)