ANOMALOUS STIMULUS

an external stimulus that does not seem to fit in light of the individual's current circumstances and expectations. The stimulus gives rise to unique neural events, due to its unexpected occurrence.

ANOMALOUS STIMULUS: "An individual encountered an anomalous stimulus when he or she saw a pig walking onto a soccer field, where soccer is usually played. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANOMALOUS STIMULUS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anomalous-stimulus/ (accessed December 6, 2019).
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