Physiological and Psychological Foundations of Sensory Function

  • Harry T. Lawless
  • Hildegarde Heymann
Part of the Food science text series book series (FSTS)


The oldest branch of experimental psychology is that of psychophysics, the study of relationships between physical stimuli and sensory experience. The first true psychophysical theorist was the 19th-century German physiologist, E. H. Weber. Building on earlier observations by Bernoulli and others, Weber noted that the amount a physical stimulus needed to be increased to be just perceivably different was a constant ratio. Thus, 14.5 ounces and 15 ounces could be told apart with great difficulty, and the same could be said of 29 and 30 ounces or 14.5 and 15 drams (Boring, 1942).


Sensory Evaluation Olfactory Receptor Taste Sensation Burning Mouth Syndrome Chemical Sens 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry T. Lawless
    • 1
  • Hildegarde Heymann
    • 2
  1. 1.Cornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriUSA

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