OBJECT PERCEPTION. See PATTERN/OBJECT RECOGNITION THEORY.
OCCAM’S RAZOR. See PARSIMONY, LAW/PRINCIPLE OF.
OCCASIONALISM, THEORY OF. See MIND–BODY THEORIES.
OCCUPATION THEORIES. See WORK/CAREER/OCCUPATION, THEORIES OF.
OHM’S ACOUSTIC/AUDITORY LAW. The German physicist Georg Simon Ohm (1787–1854) formulated this principle, which states that a complex tone is analyzed by the perceiver into its frequency components. In addition to the ability to objectively break down a complex sound into sine-wave components by means of a mathematical procedure (known as a Fourier analysis), the ear is able to carry out this analysis as well. The ear can carry out an analysis of complex tones into simpler components because of the way structures inside the ear vibrate in response to different frequencies and because individual neurons are tuned to respond to a narrow range of frequencies. Such an analysis takes place early in the auditory system, and, then at higher levels in the system, neural information about these frequency components is combined to create one’s perception of sound (Goldstein, 1996). Although this analysis is not normally part of one’s awareness, with training a hearer can learn to perceive individual harmonics (i.e., an overtone or partial, the frequency of which is a multiple of the fundamental tone or sine wave with the lowest frequency) in a complex sound. Ohm’s acoustic law is a theoretical statement about the perceiver/hearer and is differentiated from a Fourier analysis, which is a theoretical statement about the physical stimulus. The word acoustic in Ohm’s acoustic law
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Publication information: Book title: Dictionary of Theories, Laws, and Concepts in Psychology. Contributors: Jon E. Roeckelein - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 349.
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