Physiological Basis of Sensation

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    IF we are to regard a sensation as a change in consciousness in response to a stimulus applied to a sense-organ, then the sensation evoked by a given stimulus will depend on the complexity of the consciousness of the particular individual. This will vary enormously from person to person, depending on heredity, education, experience, and so on and will differ enormously in man and in animal. This variation, however, is no justification for the abandonment of investigation, but is rather a guide to the choice of the most elementary species and the most fundamental processes for experiment.

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    Physiological Basis of Sensation. Nature 129, 67 (1932) doi:10.1038/129067a0

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