Fechner's Legacy in Psychology

150 Years of Elementary Psychophysics

This collection celebrates the 150th anniversary of Fechner's book on Psychophysics (originally published ten years after his epiphany of Oct. 22, 1850). Topics include modern assessments of the problems with which Fechner wrestled. Also included are more general discussions of psychophysical methodology, psychophysical theory, and how these two things can be useful in areas not normally associated with psychophysics. Furthermore, these works provide an entrée into Fechner’s ideas, which is perhaps more accessible than his seminal work itself.
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Biographical Note

Joshua A. Solomon, Ph.D. (1992) in Psychology, New York University, is Reader of Optometry and Visual Science at City University London. Like Fechner, he too is fascinated by the workings of our perceptual apparatus.

Table of contents

-Solomon, Commemorating Elemente der Psychophysik.

-Laming, Fechner’s Law: Where does the log transform come from?

-Ross & Wade, Fechner’s elusive Parallel Law.

-Tolhurst, To, Chirimuuta, Troscianko, Chua, & Lovell, Magnitude of
perceived change in natural images may be linearly proportional to differences in neuronal firing rates.

-Hock & Schöner, Measuring perceptual hysteresis with the modified
method of limits: Dynamics at the threshold.

-Vul, Bergsma, & MacLeod, Functional Adaptive Sequential Testing.

-Lages & Treisman, A criterion setting theory of discrimination
learning that accounts for anisotropies and context effects.

-Treisman & Lages, Sensory integration across modalities: How
kinesthesia integrates with vision in visual orientation discrimination.

-Phillips, Norman, & Beers, Fechner’s aesthetics revisited.

-Pinna, What comes before psychophysics? The problem of Œwhat we
perceive and the phenomenological exploration of new effects.


All those interested in Psychophysics.


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