a concept where the quality of the sensory experience is determined by the type of sensory receptor. Also called specific energy of nerves; specific energy of the senses.

SPECIFIC-ENERGY DOCTRINE: "The specific energy doctrine was proposed in the 1830's by Johannes Peter Muller."
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