Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Absolute Threshold

  • Mark MennemeierEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_9112-2


Absolute Threshold Just Noticeable Difference Sensory Threshold Stimulus Energy Critical Amount 
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The absolute threshold is the smallest amount of stimulus energy necessary to produce a sensation of the stimulus. The idea that a mental event has to exceed some critical amount is central to the concept of a sensory threshold. The absolute threshold refers to the measurement of that critical amount.

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References and Readings

  1. Gescheider, G. A. (1997). Psychophysics: The fundamentals (3rd ed.). London: Erlbaum, Chapter 1.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neurobiology and Developmental SciencesUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA