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Early Alternative Derivations of Fechner's Law (2009)


Historians of psychology, notably Boring, fostered Fechner's idea that Weber's law is the indispensable basis for the derivation of the logarithmic psychophysical law. However, it is shown here that Bernoulli in 1738 and Thurstone in 1931 derived the logarithmic law using principles other than Weber's law and that Fechner and Thurstone based their derivations on the principles originally employed by Bernoulli. It is concluded that awareness of researchers about Bernoulli's and Thurstone's derivations could expand the directions of research on the form of the psychophysical law. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Authors & Contributors
Schreier, W.
Robinson, David K.
Schreier, Wolfgang
Brauns, Horst-Peter
Lennig, Petra
Arendt, Hans-Jürgen
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
History of Psychology
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Psychologie und Geschichte
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Presses Universitaires de France
University of Pittsburgh Press
Cambridge University Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Experimental psychology
Human physiology
Fechner, Gustav Theodor
Weber, Ernst Heinrich
Freud, Sigmund
Mach, Ernst
Weber, Wilhelm Eduard
Weber, Eduard Friedrich
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
Leipzig (Germany)
Københavns Universitet (Copenhagen)

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