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Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Absolute Threshold

  • Mark MennemeierAffiliated withNeurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Email author 


Stimulus threshold


The absolute threshold is the smallest amount of stimulus energy necessary to produce a sensation of the stimulus. The idea that a mental event has to exceed some critical amount is central to the concept of a sensory threshold. The absolute threshold refers to the measurement of that critical amount.

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