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Ibn Al-Haytham and Psychophysics

  1. Craig Aaen-Stockdale
    1. McGill Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montréal, Québec H3A 1A1, Canada
  1. e-mail: craig.aaenstockdale{at}mail.mcgill.ca


Persian scholar Ibn al-Haytham (‘Alhazen’) has rightly been credited with many advances in optics and vision science, but recent spurious claims that he is the ‘founder of psychophysics’ rest upon unsupported assertions, a conflation of psychophysics with the wider discipline of psychology, and semantic arguments over what it is to ‘found’ a school of thought.

  • Received October 25, 2007.
  • Revision received November 22, 2007.
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