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Fechner Centennial Program

Gulliksen, Harold O.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Comparative Analysis, Fechner, G.T., Measurement, Psychological Studies, Scaling


This paper was presented at a meeting of the American Psychological Association in Chicago on September 6, 1960. The author reviews the work by Fechner over 100 years that has since been marked by extensions of the psychophysical methods to detail systematically with domains in which there are not relevant physical measurements, to the multidimensional domain, and to the systematic description of individual differences among a group of people in one-dimensional perceptions. The author envisioned increasing use of these methods of subjective measurement for the purpose of studying various psychological laws-laws of psychological behavior-which could be applied in such fields as economics, sociology, and linguistics.

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