The Measurement of Sensation

Hardcover | July 1, 1997

byDonald Laming

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The publication in 1957 of S.S. Stevens' famous paper, On the psychophysical law, ignited a controversy which has continued ever since relating to people's subjective judgements of physical reality. Why is it that the perception of sensation can diverge so sharply from the magnitude of thestimulus? How should sensation be measured? Donald Laming brings together a diversity of ideas and a wealth of experimental evidence, and provides a challenging new perspective on the question which has fragmented the research community for nearly 40 years.

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The publication in 1957 of S.S. Stevens' famous paper, On the psychophysical law, ignited a controversy which has continued ever since relating to people's subjective judgements of physical reality. Why is it that the perception of sensation can diverge so sharply from the magnitude of thestimulus? How should sensation be measured? Don...

Donald Laming is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198523420

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Table of Contents

1. The origins of a controversy2. Can sensation be measured?3. Fehcner's law - the normal model4. A reinterpretation of sensory discrimination - the chi-squared model5. Stevens' power law6. The physiological basis of sensation7. Scaling sensation8. Matching just noticeable differences9. Judging relations between sensations10. The psychophysical primitive11. Why Stevens' law is a power law12. The stimulus range13. How then can sensation be measured?

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"Filled with theoretical concepts, historical overviews, psychophysical and physiological data, mathematical models, and scholarly insights, the book is an intellectual tour de force. This contemporary overview of what Fechner called "a physics of the mind" will appeal to specialists inpsychophysics, mathematical psychology, sensation and perception, and cognitive and information processing. Upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice