Elements of Psychophysical Theory

Elements of Psychophysical Theory

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This book presents the basic concepts of classical psychophysics, derived from Gustav Fechner, as seen from the perspective of modern measurement theory. The theoretical discussion is elucidated with examples and numerous problems, and solutions to one-quarter of the problems are provided in the text.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 160 x 235.2 x 18.5mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • numerous figures
  • 0195148320
  • 9780195148329
  • 1,188,756

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"It is a pleasure to see a book like this involving the applications of mathematical sciences to psychological events. Such application to biological events has certainly produced vast rewards in biophysics, and it is high time such progress is made in areas of psychological behavior and mental sciences. This book, intended as a textbook for a two semester graduate course, does this job excellently." -Research Communications in Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavior "...An excellent, innovative text..." -Journal of Mathematical Psychology "Excellent in providing formalisms and formal models of basic psychophysical results, and can be recommended to any experienced investigator in the field . . . Can provide a great service to the psychophysical community by introducing a level of mathematical sophistication generally associated with theory construction in physics and chemistry." -Mathematical Reviews "Falmagne says much that is useful and important. Not only does this book provide a solid grounding in the formalization of psychophysical theory, but its author also gives thoughtful commentary about many issues, from the implicit principles governing measurement in physical science to the various criticisms about the meaning of sensory scales....For novice and seasoned students of psychophysics alike, this book is well worth the effort."-Contemporary Psychologyshow more

Table of contents

PART I: BACKGROUND ; 1. Ordinal Measurement ; 2. Extensive Measurement ; 3. Functional Equations ; PART II: THEORY ; 4. Fechner's Problem ; 5. Models of Discrimination ; 6. Psychometric Functions ; 7. Further Topics on Psychometric Functions ; 8. Weber Functions - Weber's Law ; 9. Psychophysical Methods ; 10. Signal Detection Theory ; 11. Psychophysics with Several Variables or Channels ; 12. Homogenity Laws ; 13. Scaling ; 14. Meaningful Psychophysical Lawsshow more