Absolute Threshold: Examples & Definition


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What is absolute threshold?

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1. Which of the following senses does absolute threshold not pertain to?

2. What stimulus was used in the famous 1942 experiment in absolute stimulus in vision?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Absolute threshold is the smallest level of energy required by an external stimulus to be detectable by the human senses, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of it. Some things you may be tested on include what human senses pertain to absolute threshold and the famous 1942 experiment of absolute stimulus in vision.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of absolute threshold
  • The human senses that do or do not pertain to it
  • The 1942 experiment by Hecht, Schlaer and Pirenne
  • The difference in absolute threshold between children and adults

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on absolute threshold
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the differences in auditory absolute threshold between adults and children
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding absolute threshold and the human senses involved

Additional Learning

To learn more about stimulus detection in humans, review the corresponding lesson on absolute threshold. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Defines hat absolute threshold is
  • Provides examples of absolute threshold in human senses
  • Details the absolute threshold in vision and hearing
  • Discusses the 1942 experiment on absolute stimulus in vision