Why do we perceive logarithmically?

  • Author: Lav R. Varshney, John Z. Sun
  • Published: Feb 15, 2013 - From issue: Volume 10 Issue 1 (February 2013)
  • Doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2013.00636.x

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.

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