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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
Robinson, David K.
Stephen W. Link
Bauchner, Joshua
Zudini, Verena
Wegener, Mai
Staley, Richard A.
History of Psychology
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
History of Science
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of California, Los Angeles
Sentinel Open Press
Passavia Universitätsverlag
Experimental psychology
Human physiology
Fechner, Gustav Theodor
Mach, Ernst
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Wundt, Wilhelm Max
Weber, Ernst Heinrich
Herbart, Johann Friedrich
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
Leipzig (Germany)
Københavns Universitet (Copenhagen)

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