Psychophysics and Neurophysiology

  • Donald M. MacKay
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Psychophysics can be broadly defined as the quantification of sensory experience. This entails not only the assessment of human powers of signal detection and sensory discrimination but also the calibration of subjectively perceived intensities and other parameters of stimulation.


Physical Intensity Sensory Discrimination Perceptual Illusion Retinal Input Matching Response 
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Further reading

  1. Dartnall HGA, ed (1972): Photochemistry of Vision: Handbook of Sensory Physiology, vol 7/1, New York: SpringerGoogle Scholar
  2. MacKay DM (1970): Perception and brain function. In: The Neurosciences: Second Study Program, Schmitt FO, ed New York: Rockefeller University Press, pp. 303–316Google Scholar
  3. MacKay DM, with MacKay V (1976): Retention of the McCollough effect in darkness: Storage or enhanced read-out? Vis Res 17:313–315CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. MacKay DM (1973): Visual stability and voluntary eye movement. In: Handbook of Sensory Physiology, Jung R, ed, vol 7/3a. New York: SpringerGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1988

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  • Donald M. MacKay

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