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Stanley Smith Stevens (1241)

Interests
Evaluation and measurement, experimental psychology, philosophical and theoretical psychology, physiological and comparative psychology, teaching of psychology
Profession
Psychologist
Nationality
American
Born
1906, Ogden, Utah, USA
Died
1973, Vail, Colorado
Short Biography
Stanley Smith Stevens (November 4, 1906 – January 18, 1973) was an American psychologist who founded Harvard's Psycho-Acoustic Laboratory, studying psychoacoustics, and he is credited with the introduction of Stevens' power law. Stevens authored a ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
Education
  • BA Stanford University, 1931
  • PhD Harvard University, 1933
Appointments & Honors
  • Harvard University, Assistant in Psychology, 1932-5, Instructor in Experimental Psychology, 1936-8, Assistant Professor, 1938, Associate Professor, 1944, Professor of Psychology, 1946, Professor of Psychophysics, 1962
  • National Research Council Fellowship, 1934-5
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, 1935-6
  • Warren Medal, Society of Experimental Psychologists, 1943
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, APA, 1960
  • Beltone Institute Award, 1966
  • Rayleigh Gold Medal Award, British Acoustical Society, 1972
Principal Publications
  • 1934 The relation of saturation to the size of the retinal image. American Journal of Psychology, 46, 70-9.
  • 1934 The volume and intensity of tones. American Journal of Psychology, 46, 397-498.
  • 1935 The operational basis of psychology. American Journal of Psychology, 47, 323-30.
  • 1936 A scale for the measurement of a psychological magnitude: Loudness. Psychological Review, 43, 405-16.
  • 1938 Hearing: Its Psychology and Physiology. Wiley (with H. Davis).
  • 1939 Psychology and the science of science. Psychological Bulletin, 36, 221-63.
  • 1942 The Varieties of Temperament. Harper & Row (with W. H. Sheldon).
  • 1946 On the theory of scales of measurement. Science, 103, 677-80.
  • 1951 (ed.) Handbook of Experimental Psychology. Wiley.
  • 1955 The measurement of loudness. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 27, 815-29.
  • 1957 On the psychophysical law. Psychological Review, 64, 153-81.
  • 1957 Ratio scales and category scales for a dozen perceptual continua. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 54, 377-411 (with E. H. Galanter).
  • 1959 Cross-modality validation of subjective scales for loudness, vibration, and electric shock. Journal ofExperimental Psychology, 57, 201-9.
  • 1961 To honor Fechner and repeal his law. Science, 133, 80-6.
  • 1962 The surprising simplicity of sensory metrics. American Psychologist, 17, 29-39.
  • 1966 A metric for the social consensus. Science, 151, 530-41.
  • 1968 Measurement, statistics, and the schemapiric view. 161, 849-56.
  • 1971 Issues in psychophysical measurement. Psychological Review, 78, 426-50.
  • 1975 Psychophysics: Introduction to its Perceptual, Neural and Social Prospects. Wiley.