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Developments in the Gestalt Theory of Lightness Perception

What is the current status of the gestalt theory of lightness and color perception? Is it dead? No. But gestalt theory, particularly the work of Koffka, has certainly been neglected by the mainstream. This is ironic since Koffka’s (1935) theory can account for a wider range of lightness phenomena than contemporary theo­ ries, and with greater economy. Moreover, recent findings, especially those concerning stabilized retinal images, clearly reinforce Koffka’s early emphasis on the importance of gradients of light.