CogniFit's Science blog: The Gestalt Principle Of Good Continuation

The Gestalt Principle Of Good Continuation

The Gestalt principle of Good Continuation explains that graphic elements that suggest a continued visual line will tend to be grouped together by our brain and perception. There is an innate tendency to perceive a line as continuing its established direction.

This is a very important principle in design and is frequently leveraged in interior design.

Patterns with Good Continuation may suggest to the person who is looking at it that the pattern "continues" even after the end of the physical pattern itself. It is like if our brain would fill in the rest of the pattern or create new ones so everything fit.

Gestalt psychology is interested in understand how people perceive an organized pattern instead of many separate parts. A recent study has shown some evidence that as we age, our brain can change some specific aspect of process visual information and perception.

It seem that the older we get, the slower the speed at which the brain processes certain visual information like watching a "whole" or the larger picture (instead of focusing more on the separate parts). Thus, the importance to maintain a good brain health.

Gestalt in German means pattern or configuration. The Gestalt theory tried in the 20th century to specify the brain processes that account for the organization of perception.

If you look at the picture above, you see a square even if some of its corners are missing. This is the Gestalt Principle of Good Continuation.