2008 volume 37(4) pages 636 – 638
doi:10.1068/p5940

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Aaen-Stockdale C, 2008, "Ibn al-Haytham and psychophysics" Perception 37(4) 636 – 638

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Ibn al-Haytham and psychophysics

Craig Aaen-Stockdale

Abstract. Persian scholar Ibn al-Haytham (‘Alhazen’) has rightly been credited with many advances in optics and vision science, but recent spurious claims that he is the ‘founder of psychophysics’ rest upon unsupported assertions, a conflation of psychophysics with the wider discipline of psychology, and semantic arguments over what it is to ‘found’ a school of thought.

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