Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 12-2006

Journal / Book Title

European Review of Applied Psychology


Stimulus contexts in which different intensity levels are presented to two sensory–perceptual channels can produce differential effects on perception: Perceived magnitudes are depressed in whichever channel received the stronger stimuli. Context differentially can affect loudness at different sound frequencies or perceived length of lines in different spatial orientations. Reported in the hearing, vision, haptic touch, taste, and olfaction, differential context effects (DCEs) are a general property of perceptual processing. Characterizing their functional properties and determining their underlying mechanisms are essential both to fully understanding sensory and perceptual processes and to properly interpreting sensory measurements obtained in applied as well as basic research settings.


DOI: 10.1016/j.erap.2005.09.009

Published Citation

Marks, L. E., and Y. Arieh. "Differential effects of stimulus context in sensory processing." Revue européenne de psychologie appliquée/European Review of Applied Psychology 56, no. 4 (2006): 213-221.