QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. Elements of Psychophysics, Volume I. By Gustav Fechner. Translated by Helmut E. Adler. Elements of Psychophysics, Volume 1. Front Cover. Gustav Theodor Fechner. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, QR code for Elements of Psychophysics. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Elements of psychophysics. Vol. Contains historical introductions on the life of Fechner by E. G. Boring and by H. E. Adler.

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A History of Modern Psychology. His originality lies in trying to discover an exact mathematical relation between them. Fechner’s reasoning has been criticized on the grounds that although stimuli are composite, sensations are not.

The psydhophysics of the threshold appears just as much in the relation of a logarithm to its number as in the relation of sensation to stimulus. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pioneers of Psychology 3rd ed.

In fact such a law, as fschner as Weber’s law, will furnish a differential formula from which may be derived an integral formula containing an expression for the measurement of sensation. In short, Weber’s law forms merely the basis for the most numerous and important applications of psychic measurement, but not the universal and essential one.

In each instance the increase in the logarithm is 0. Fechner speculated that if the corpus callosum were splittwo separate streams of consciousness would result – the mind would become two. The distribution has been independently rediscovered by several authors working in different fields. Now there is just the same difficulty with these laws as with Weber’s law. Adler Snippet view – This is Weber’s law. From this equation it follows that the sensation magnitude g is not to be considered as a simple function of the stimulus value bbut of its relation to the threshold value bwhere the psychophyeics begins and disappears.


Fechner’s position in reference to predecessors and contemporaries is not very sharply defined. Fechner, along with Wilhelm Wundt and Hermann von Helmholtzis recognized as one of the founders of modern experimental psychology.

In his posthumously published KollektivmasslehreFechner introduced the Zweiseitige Gauss’sche Gesetz or two-piece normal distributionto accommodate the asymmetries he had observed psycuophysics empirical frequency distributions in many fields.

Elements of Psychophysics

A Source Book in the History of Psychology pp. On the other hand, let the sensation which is dependent upon the stimulus b be called d gand let the small increment of the sensation which results from the increase of the stimulus by d b be called d gwhere d again simply flements the small increment. This result is the following functional formula between stimulus and sensation, psycjophysics goes by the name of the measurement formula and which will now be further discussed:.

In short, it is nothing more than Weber’s fechber and the mathematical auxiliary principle united and expressed in mathematical symbols. The terms d b and d g are each to be considered as referring to an arbitrary unit of their own nature.

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Therefore one can say, that Weber’s law and the mathematical auxiliary principle are just as valid for the increases of logarithms and numbers in their relation to one another, as they are for the increases of sensation and stimulus. One of Fechner’s speculations about consciousness dealt with brain. The magnitude of the sensation g is not proportional to the absolute value of the stimulus bbut rather to the logarithm of the magnitude of the stimulus, when this last is expressed in terms of its threshold value bi.

It is not that the principle depends for its validity upon Weber’s law, but merely that the application of the law is involved in the principle. Ernst Mach was inspired by his work on psychophysics. Fechner constructed ten rectangles with different ratios of width to length and asked numerous observers to choose the “best” and “worst” rectangle shape. Retrieved from ” https: Although, then, psychic measurement depends upon Weber’s law only within certain limitations in the domain of outer psycho-physics, it may well get its unconditional support from this law in the field of inner psychophysics.

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In the measurement formula one has a general dependent relation between the size of the fundamental stimulus and the size of the corresponding sensation and not one which is valid only for the cases of equal sensations.

From inside the book. He felt the thrill of life everywhere, in plants, earth, stars, the total universe.

Views Read Edit View history. According to the rule, psychophhsics the logarithm of a quotient of two numbers may be substituted for the difference of their logarithms, In the following chapter one will find this done.

The dependence, quantitatively considered of sensation on stimulus, must finally be translated into one of sensation on the bodily processes which directly underlie the sensation — in short the psycho-physical processes; and the sensation, instead of being measured by the amount of the stimulus, will be measured by the intensity of these processes.