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Natalia is washing her hands and adjusts the faucet handle until the water feels just slightly hotter than it did before. Natalia’s adjustment until she feels a difference is an example of a. a subliminal stimulus. b. an absolute threshold. c. a difference threshold. d. signal detection. e. Weber’s law.

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Difference threshold is defined as the minimum amount of difference needed between two stimuli in order for it to be noticed half of the time. For us, this is experienced as a `just noticeable difference’, or JND. In Natalia’s case, the colder water and the hotter water are the two stimuli in question, and the feeling of one being slightly hotter is the just noticeable difference.

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