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Stanley Smith Stevens (1906-1973) was an American psychologist best known as the founder of Harvard's Psycho-Acoustical Laboratory and credited with the introduction of Stevens' power law.

Stevens authored a milestone textbook, the 1400+ page "Handbook of Experimental Psychology" (1950).

He was also one of the founding organizers of the Psychonomic Society.

In 1946 he introduced a theory of levels of measurement often used by statisticians.

In addition, Stevens played a key role in the development of the use of operational definitions in psychology.

LifeEdit

He was born in Ogden, Utah to Stanely and Adeline (Smith) Stevens and educated in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-affiliated schools in Salt Lake City, Utah. He spent much of his childhood in the polygamous household of his grandfather Orson Smith. At the death of his parents in 1924, he spent the next 3 years on an LDS mission in Switzerland] and Belgium. He attended the University of Utah from 1927 to 1929 and Stanford University for the next two years, graduating with an A.B. in psychology from Stanford in 1931. He married Maxine Leonard in 1930 and had a son, Peter Smith, in 1936.[1]

See alsoEdit

PublicationsEdit

BooksEdit

Stevens, S.S.(1950) (ed.), Handbook of Experimental Psychology. Wiley, New York, pp. 1–49.


Book ChaptersEdit

  • Stevens, S.S. (1950) Mathematics, measurement, and psychophysics. In Stevens, S.S. (ed.), Handbook of Experimental Psychology. Wiley, New York, pp. 1–49.

PapersEdit

  • Stevens, S.S. (1960) The psychophysics of sensory function. Am. Scient., 48, 226–253
  • {{Cite journal |date=June 7, 1946 |last=Stevens |first=Stanley Smith |title=On the Theory of Scales of Measurement |journal=Science |volume=103 |issue=2684 |pages=677–680 |doi=10.1126/science.103.2684.677 |pmid=17750512 |url=http://www.mpopa.ro/statistica_licenta/Stevens_Measurement.pdf |accessdate=September 16, 2010 |postscript=
  • Stevens, S.S. (1950) Mathematics, measurement, and psychophysics. In Stevens, S.S. (ed.), Handbook of Experimental Psychology. Wiley, New York, pp. 1–49.
  • Stevens, S.S. (1960) The psychophysics of sensory function. Am. Scient., 48, 226–253

ReferencesEdit

  1. American Journal of Psychology, 1974, Vol. 87, Issue Nom. 1-2, pp. 279-288

Further readingEdit

  • Nicholson, I. (2000). "S.S. Stevens". In Alan E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press. ISBN 978-1557981875
  • Nicholson, I. (2005). "From the Book of Mormon to the Operational Definition: The Existential Project of S.S. Stevens". In William Todd. Schultz (Ed.), Handbook of Psychobiography (pp. 285-298). New York: Oxford University Pres. ISBN 978-0195168273

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