The effect of variation in “value” on perceptual thresholds

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A group of 36 adolescent stamp collectors learned the purported values of a series of postage stamps. Perceptual thresholds, defined as the shortest duration at which correct identification could be made under tachistoscopic exposure, were then obtained for engravings of these stamps. No relation between the learned value of the stamps and the shortest duration at which identification occurred was found. The hypothesis that “ease of perception” is a function of “value” of the object perceived, was not supported. The experiment is described in detail. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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