The stimulus is the external or internal object or set of objects which is intended to generate either an Overt Response or Covert Response in the subject as part of a Behavioral Experimental Paradigm Condition.
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BFO: Object Aggregate
In an auditory oddball paradigm, the role of the stimulus is usually filled by the auditory tone or cluster of tones that are presented to the subject.
An experimental Behavioral Experimental Paradigm Condition requires something that plays the role of a stimulus.
Original suggestions included: "The occurrent or continuant (i.e., the thingie) which elicits activity from the subject in the experiment". Its suggested definition in other fields includes:
- Anything that may have an impact or influence on a system
- (physiology) Something external that elicits or influences a physiological or psychological activity or response.
- (psychology) Anything effectively impinging upon any of the sensory apparatuses of a living organism, including physical phenomena both internal and external to the body.
- Anything that induces a person to take action
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curation complete Dec 2010