the difference between how humans perceive the separate sub-units of a whole object in comparison to how we perceive the whole object itself.

LOCAL-GLOBAL DISTINCTION: "A local-global distinction is the difference between perceiving a whole object or potentially perceiving the smaller sub-units which make up the larger object. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "LOCAL-GLOBAL DISTINCTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/local-global-distinction/ (accessed May 10, 2021).