5.49  psychophysical power law; Stevens power law. Description of the relationship between stimulus magnitude and the resulting sensation magnitude. Mathematically,


where  is sensation magnitude,   is stimulus magnitude,  is the absolute threshold, n is a constant related to a given sense modality, and k is a proportionality constant.

Annotation         The psychophysical power law replaces the Weber-Fechner equation (see 5.64) which held that equal stimulus ratios corresponded to equal sensation differences. The psychophysical power law states that equal stimulus ratios correspond to equal sensation ratios.

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