John N. Moye (Performance Learning Technologies, USA)

The Psychophysics of Learning

ISBN: 978-1-80117-114-4, eISBN: 978-1-80117-113-7

Publication date: 22 June 2021


Moye, J.N. (2021), "Prelims", The Psychophysics of Learning, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-ix.



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The Psychophysics of Learning

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The Psychophysics of Learning: Implications for Learning Systems Design and Configuration


John N. Moye

Performance Learning Technologies, USA

United Kingdom – North America – Japan – India – Malaysia – China

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List of Figures and Tables

Figure 3.1. The Sensation of Sound.
Figure 3.2. The Sensation of Touch.
Figure 3.3. The Sensation of Smell.
Figure 3.4. Population Encoding of Smell.
Figure 3.5. The Sensation of Taste.
Figure 3.6. The Population Encoding of Taste.
Figure 3.7. The Sensation of Vision.
Figure 4.1. Perception of Sound.
Figure 4.2. Perception of Touch.
Figure 4.3. Perception of Smell.
Figure 4.4. Perception of Taste.
Figure 4.5. Perception of Vision.
Figure 5.1. Cognition of Sound.
Figure 5.2. Cognition of Touch.
Figure 5.3. Cognition of Smell.
Figure 5.4. Cognition of Taste.
Figure 5.5. Cognition of Vision.
Figure 6.1. Learning Engagement Conceptual Framework.
Figure 6.2. Discipline-Specific Learning Objects.
Figure 7.1. Designing the Learning Experience.
Figure 8.1. Designing the Environmental Learning Dimension.
Table 1.1. The Systems of Psychophysical Learning.
Table 6.1. Equivalencies of Psychophysics of Sensation and Learning Engagement.
Table 7.1. Attributes of Perception and the Equivalent Learning Experience Implications.
Table 7.2. Psychophysical Learning Experience Design Framework.
Table 8.1. Translating Sensory Cognition into Learning Environment Dimension.


Learning is an inherently neurological process that involves receiving, processing, and making sense of external information. Neurologically, these are the processes of sensation, perception, and cognition and the psychophysics of these phenomena provide insight into the methods and techniques the brain uses to engage with, process, and internalize the meaning of new information to each individual.

This work collects and codifies the psychophysical research for each sense. These research findings are used to create design frameworks for the learning engagement, learning experience, and learning environment, which creates a psychophysical model of learning that simulates the natural processes the brain uses to learn from external stimuli. These design models are translated into practical approaches to curriculum, instruction, and experience design strategies, which promote and enhance learning outcomes for all learners. As a result, learner access to information, consonance with learning processes, and internalization of the learning are aligned with the information processes strategies of the brain.

Keywords: Learning; psychophysics; learning engagement; learning experience; learning environment; learning access; information processing; curriculum design; instructional design; learning ecology; collective learning; implicate order; learning alignment; social integration; diverse learning processes; sensation; perception; cognition; interconnectedness; interaction