assessor, n —a general term for any individual responding to stimuli in a sensory test. (2006) Discussion—The terms assessor, judge, panelist, panel member, and respondent all have the same basic meaning, although sometimes different connotations. Usage of these terms varies with the training and experience of the investigator, habit, tradition, personal preference, and other factors.

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