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psychophysics Line breaks: psy¦cho|phys¦ics
Pronunciation: /sʌɪkəʊˈfɪzɪks/

Definition of psychophysics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The branch of psychology that deals with the relations between physical stimuli and mental phenomena.
Example sentences
  • I thought of biochemistry in our neighboring sciences and of psychophysics, and more recently of psychopharmacology, as examples of fruitful splitting and recombination in our own science.
  • One such model that has had an enormous impact, not only in psychophysics but in many diverse areas of psychology, is Signal Detection Theory.
  • They used psychophysics to show that capsaicin (found in chillies) could produce practical oral analgesia in cancer patients with oral lesions.



Pronunciation: /ˌsʌɪkəʊˈfɪzɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Phrased differently, psychophysical experiments should have psychological responses as dependent variables and physical descriptions as independent variables.
  • Recent psychophysical and electrophysiological studies have demonstrated that shifting attention to a nonpredictive auditory cue modulates the processing of subsequent visual stimuli at early stages as well as later ones.
  • In the last few years, though, new knowledge of the neurological highways that connect gut and brain, combined with psychophysical studies probing the perception of flavor, has shed light on the gourmand within.

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