Sensory Power Functions and Neural Events

  • S. S. Stevens
Part of the Handbook of Sensory Physiology book series (SENSORY, volume 1)


How the sensory systems distinguish light from sound has traditionally seemed a more urgent question than how the brain can tell a loud sound from a faint one, or a bright light from a dim one. Of course, the light and sound can be omitted in favor of electrical stimulation. Then, depending on which of the sensory systems receives the current, the sensation is one of seeing or hearing. Experiments of that kind have been thought to dispose of the quality problem, for it has been made to seem that sensory quality depends on which nerves are actuated and where in the brain they lead.


Power Function Stimulus Intensity Auditory Nerve Neural Response Logarithmic Function 
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