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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Human psychophysics is the quantitative measurement of our own perceptions. In essence, it is simply a more sophisticated version of what humans have done since time immemorial: noticed and reflected upon what we can see, hear, and feel. In the 21st century, when hugely powerful techniques are available that enable us to probe the innermost structure and function of nervous systems, is human psychophysics still relevant? I argue that it is, and that in combination with other techniques, it will continue to be a key part of neuroscience for the foreseeable future. I discuss these points in detail using the example of binocular stereopsis, where human psychophysics in combination with physiology and computational vision, has made a substantial contribution.This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Contributions From Different Model Organisms to Brain Research. (C) 2014 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. on behalf of IBRO. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Author(s): Read JCA
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 18/06/2015
Online publication date: 29/05/2014
Acceptance date: 14/05/2014
ISSN (print): 0306-4522
ISSN (electronic): 1873-7544
Publisher: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD