## Mathematical psychology |

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**Mathematical psychology** is an approach to

As quantification of behavior is fundamental in this endeavor, the

Mathematical psychologists are active in many fields of psychology, especially in

- history
- influential mathematical psychologists
- important theories and models
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- see also
- references
- external links

Mathematical modeling has a long history in psychology starting in the 19th century with

Researchers in *personal equations* from measurements of basic response speed that would cancel out individual differences from the astronomical calculations. Independently, physicist

These two lines of work came together in the research of Dutch physiologist * mental chronometry* to scientifically infer the elements of complex cognitive activity by measurement of

The first psychological laboratory was established in Germany by *general human mind*, Wundt's U.S. student

The failure of Wundt's method of introspection led to the rise of different schools of thought. Wundt's laboratory was directed towards conscious human experience, in line with the work of Fechner and Weber on the intensity of stimuli. In the United Kingdom, under the influence of the anthropometric developments led by

In the United States, ^{[1]} In Europe introspection survived in

During the war, developments in ^{[1]}^{[2]}

Two seminal papers on learning theory in * Psychological Review* helped to establish the field in a world that was still dominated by behaviorists: A paper by Bush and Mosteller instigated the linear operator approach to learning,

The 1950s saw a surge in mathematical theories of psychological processes, including ^{[2]} By the end of the 1950s, the number of mathematical psychologists had increased from a handful by more than a tenfold, not counting psychometricians. Most of these were concentrated at the Indiana University, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Stanford.^{[2]}^{[5]} Some of these were regularly invited by the U.S. Social Science Research Counsel to teach in summer workshops in mathematics for social scientists at Stanford University, promoting collaboration.

To better define the field of mathematical psychology, the mathematical models of the 1950s were brought together in sequence of volumes edited by Luce, Bush, and Galanter: Two readings^{[6]} and three handbooks.^{[7]} This series of volumes turned out to be helpful in the development of the field. In the summer of 1963 the need was felt for a journal for theoretical and mathematical studies in all areas in psychology, excluding work that was mainly factor analytical. An initiative led by ^{[5]}

Under the influence of developments in computer science, logic, and language theory, in the 1960s modeling gravitated towards computational mechanisms and devices. Examples of the latter constitute so called

Important mathematical expressions for relations between physical characteristics of stimuli and subjective perception are

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