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The Measurement of Sensation

Donald Laming

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198523420
eISBN:
9780191712425
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523420.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

‘Sensation’ is the subjective experience of a physical stimulus. This book traces the sources of two ideas how to measure sensation — Fechner's Law and Stevens' Power Law — and examines the evidence ... More


The origins of a controversy

Donald Laming

in The Measurement of Sensation

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198523420
eISBN:
9780191712425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523420.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Since 1957, there has been a vigorous controversy about how to measure sensation — not the physical stimulus, but how that stimulus ‘feels’, subjectively, to the individual. The controversy has been ... More


A reinterpretation of sensory discrimination—the χ2 model

Donald Laming

in The Measurement of Sensation

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198523420
eISBN:
9780191712425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523420.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

The logarithm of a χ2 variable is approximately normal. For the number of degrees of freedom needed to model threshold discriminations between separate stimuli, the approximation is very good. So, ... More


Where the Blessed Dance: Florence Farr

Joseph M. Hassett

in W.B. Yeats and the Muses

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199582907
eISBN:
9780191723216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582907.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

From the outset of Yeats's relationship with Florence Farr Emery, there was a powerful impetus to see her as a priestess of the White Goddess. On the night of 5 May 1890, Yeats was in the audience at ... More


Experimental science of the arts

Anjan Chatterjee

in The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199811809
eISBN:
9780199369546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.003.0020
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

Is reducing our visual world to its elements the best way to study perception or aesthetics? From the work of Gustav Fechner to Gestalt psychology and beyond, this chapter discusses the history of ... More


Kinaesthetic Knowing: The Nineteenth-Century Biography of Another Kind of Knowledge

Zeynep Çelik Alexander

in Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226485201
eISBN:
9780226485348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226485348.003.0002
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

The chapter focuses on the nineteenth-century history of kinaesthetic knowing, starting with Hermann von Helmholtz’s theorization of Kennen, knowledge based on immediate experience, versus Wissen, ... More


The Unseen World

Krister Dylan Knapp

in William James: Psychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469631240
eISBN:
9781469631264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Chapter seven concentrates on James's theory of immortality, focusing on his explanation of the supposed communications from the dead. It establishes that his study of trance states in Spiritualist ... More


Pythagoras in the Laboratory

Sarah M. Pourciau

in The Writing of Spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780823275625
eISBN:
9780823277179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275625.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Five unfolds the startling consequences of this Wagnerian harmony theory both for the development of avant-garde poetic principles (particularly in France and Russia), and for the concurrent, ... More


Scaling

Zhong-Lin Lu and Barbara Dosher

in Visual Psychophysics: From Laboratory to Theory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262019453
eISBN:
9780262314930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019453.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Vision

The goal of visual psychophysics is the quantification of perceptual experience—understanding the relationship between the external stimulus, the internal representation, and the overt responses. ... More


Laws, Vindication, and Ontology

Steven Horst

in Laws, Mind, and Free Will

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015257
eISBN:
9780262295741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015257.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter is concerned with the putative difference between psychology and the physical sciences. Although this difference has been viewed as problematic for psychology, it is yet to be seen why ... More


When Unit-Based Measurement Ruled the World: An Interdisciplinary Overview, 1870–1910

Ivan Moscati

in Measuring Utility: From the Marginal Revolution to Behavioral Economics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780199372768
eISBN:
9780199372805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199372768.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

In order to illustrate the broad intellectual context within which the early discussions of utility measurement took place, chapter 1 reviews the history of the understanding of measurement in ... More


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