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The Measurement of Sensation$
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Donald Laming

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523420.001.0001

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Can sensation be measured?

Can sensation be measured?

(p.13) 2 Can sensation be measured?
The Measurement of Sensation

Donald Laming

Oxford University Press

There have long been psychologists who have asserted that sensation is not measurable. This second chapter looks at philosophical objections to the idea and empirical findings that bear on the issue. These findings include visual illusions, particularly the perception of features that are simply not present in the stimulus, and prior expectations that influence the individual's judgment. The chapter finishes by setting out a functional approach to the measurement of sensation.

Keywords:   philosophical objections, prior expectations, visual illusions

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