Difference Threshold: Examples & Definition


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If you have 10 rocks in a pile and someone has to add three more before you notice your pile has grown, what is the difference threshold?

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1. A difference threshold can be a percentage.

2. Difference threshold applies to which senses?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Why do we sometimes notice something and other times not? This quiz and corresponding worksheet will gauge your knowledge of difference threshold. Topics on the quiz include the sense(s) involved in difference threshold and numerical representations of difference thresholds.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Finding the difference threshold in a given problem
  • Numerical forms the difference threshold can take
  • Sense(s) involved in difference threshold
  • Applications of the difference threshold

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve difference threshold problems
  • Interpreting information - verify you can review information regarding the forms that the threshold can take and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the sense(s) involved in the threshold

Additional Learning

To learn more about this curious phenomenon, review the corresponding lesson titled Difference Threshold: Examples & Definition. This lesson will help you:

  • Define difference threshold
  • Understand why we notice some things changing and not others
  • Identify the importance of relative change to our perception of it
  • Appreciate real-life applications of the difference threshold
  • Describe conditions in which one will likely notice changes and likely not