law of initial value

law of initial value

the physiological and psychological principle that states that, with a given intensity of stimulation, the degree of change produced tends to be greater when the initial value of that variable is low. The higher the initial level of functioning, the smaller is the change that can be produced.

Wilder,

Joseph, U.S. neuropsychiatrist, 1895–.
Wilder law of initial value - the direction of response of a body function to any agent depends to a large degree on the initial level of that function. Synonym(s): law of initial value
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