Closure Factors: Evidence for Different Modes of Processing

  • M. J. Ippel
  • J. M. Bouma
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 14)


The study investigates whether the perceptual factors Closure speed (Cs) and Closure flexibility (Cf) reflect individual differences in mode of information processing. Forty subjects were selected for their factor scores on both factors and placed into four groups: high Cf, low Cf, high Cs and low Cs. Each subject participated in three tachistoscopic tasks: one verbal recall task and two binary classification tasks with visuo-spatial stimulus material. The results were tentatively interpreted in terms of differences in focal attention related to Cf under conditions that favoured analytic processing. In one experiment differences in speed of wholistic processing appeared to be related to Cs.


Letter Position Binary Classification Task Left Hemifield Closure Factor Visual Asymmetry 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Ippel
    • 1
  • J. M. Bouma
    • 1
  1. 1.Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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