Psych M.D. - Adaptation-level Phenomenon


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Term: Adaptation-level Phenomenon
Definition (Myers): our tendency to form judgments (of sounds, of lights, of income) relative to a "neutral" level defined by our prior experience 1
Definition (alternative): the tendency to adapt to a given level of stimulation and thus to notice and react to changes from that level 2
Contextual explanation: Based on our experience, we tend to adjust our neutral levels.
Related terms and concepts:
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adaptation-level phenomenon4
Related websites:
  • http://www.thrivingnow.com/for/Rick/adaptation-level-phenomenon/
  • http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2008/09/01/happiness-and-adaptation-level-phenomenon
  • http://www.psychology-lexicon.com/cms/glossary/glossary-a/adaptation-level-phenomenon.html
Sources:
  1. Myers, D. G. (2004). Psychology. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. Adaptation-level phenomenon. (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2009, from http://www.psychology-lexicon.com/cms/glossary/glossary-a/adaptation-level-phenomenon.html
  3. YouTube - Susan Boyle - Final - Britains Got Talent 2009 (HQ). (n.d.). Retrieved October 15, 2009, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2xiAQCTy2E&feature=player_embedded
  4. Visual Learning in the Perception of Texture: Simple and Contingent Aftereffects of Texture Density . (n.d.). Swarthmore. Retrieved May 13, 2010, from www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/fdurgin1/PerceptualLearning/PerLearn.html
Edited by: Roger
Date of last edit: 10/15/2009



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