Why do we perceive logarithmically?
Article first published online: 15 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Royal Statistical Society
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 28–31, February 2013
How to Cite
Varshney, L. R. and Sun, J. Z. (2013), Why do we perceive logarithmically?. Significance, 10: 28–31. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2013.00636.x
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 15 FEB 2013
Why do small children place 3 halfway between 1 and 10? Why do two light bulbs not seem twice as bright as one? Why do we perceive so many things logarithmically? Lav R. Varshney and John Z. Sun can explain it, through evolution, the statistics of nature – and reducing error.