Measurement and Learning

  • Eugene Galanter

Abstract

Experimental measurement in psychology commonly refers either to psychophysics orpsychometrics. The metrology behind psychophysics presumes that numbers—invariant to some plausible transforms—can represent psychological experience, and inthis way display experience as functionally related to physical metrics. So, for example,experienced â€loudness†can be systematically related to acoustical power. The success ofthis enterprise can be appreciated by the application of such metrics to variouspalliatives or other practical ends, viz: eyeglasses or hearing aids.
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