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Any of a hypothetical set of three-dimensional geometric elements, such as spheres, cubes, and cylinders, into which a complex figure may be decomposed in the process of perception. Geons are easily distinguishable from all vantage points and are highly resistant to visual distortion. They are central to the recognition-by-component theory of the US psychologist Irving Biederman (born 1939). Compare generalized cone. [A blend of geo(metrical) and (ic)on]

Subjects: Psychology.

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