Online Seminar: Statistical mechanics foundation of Weber-Fechner laws
Even though the phenomenological relations between perception and stimulus have been firmly established, a theoretical argument for Weber's and Fechner's law in terms of relevant models or from statistical physics is largely missing. We present such a discussion in terms of response theory for nonequilibrium systems, where the induced displacement or current, which stands for the perceived stimulus, crucially depends on the change in time-symmetric reactivities. Stationary nonequilibria may indeed generate extra currents by changing the dynamical activity. The argument finishes by understanding how the extra dynamical activity logarithmically encodes the actual stimulus.
This is a weekly series of informal talks focussing on some theoretical aspect of Condensed Matter, Biological, and Statistical Physics..