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Peer Review

Ambiguous Figures Description

by Gary Bradshaw


Overall Numeric Rating:

2 stars
Content Quality: 2 stars
Effectiveness: 2 stars
Ease of Use: 1 star
Reviewed: Mar 26, 2004 by Psychology
Overview: If you are looking for a few examples of ambiguous figures, this site will meet
your needs. However, there is no experiment or activity associated with the
Type of Material: A brief text-based description and several illustrations.
Recommended Uses: May be used as an adjunct to a more in-depth discussion of Gestalt Principles
and ambiguous figures.
Technical Requirements: None.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The goal of this website is to introduce the idea that ambiguous visual figures
can provide a method for studying the relationship between 'parts' and 'the
whole' in perceptual organization.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate Psychology students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: College-level reading ability required.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 2 stars
Strengths: See concerns.
Concerns: The site teases the student's curiosity by mentioning that ambiguous figures can
be used to explore the relationship of 'parts' and 'wholes'. However, there is
no pursuit of the relevance to Gestalt Psychology, and no attempt to relate the
ambiguous figures to this debate. This site may not be an effective means of
facilitating an understanding of perceptual organization.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 2 stars
Strengths: The site provides several illustrations of ambiguous figures, and could be
useful if used in conjunction with additional background and explanatory
Concerns: See prior comments.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 1 star
Strengths: None identified.
Concerns: Text only. The information is sparse and incomplete.

Other Issues and Comments: