Experimental Psychology

Pages: 422
Item #: 4320402
ISBN: 978-1-59147-945-1
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Publication Date: 1931
Format: Softcover
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This book is characterized by an excellent summarizing of the most recent experimental data and by a spirit of fairness which it exhibits in organizing facts under general theoretical principles. Besides informing the reader, it stimulates him by critical remarks and suggestions for further thinking and experimentation.

The most unusual feature of the book is its detailed treatment of the apprehension of relations. This is regarded by the author as one of the fundamental categories of psychological processes--just as basic as, say, sensation, perception, feeling, etc. Other features of the book are: a comprehensive treatment of the interrelationships between the different sense modes, and in particular of the dominant part played by vision; a critical examination of the interdependence of image and perception; and a survey of the common but exceedingly complex combinations of relational data with data of sense, imagery and feeling.

The author points out that the types of configurational experience glorified by Gestalt psychologists represent only one phase of this very significant yet admittedly undeveloped field of interrelated organic experiences. In contrast with the custom in most American treatises on psychology, Professor Lindworsky devotes an adequate portion of his book to the consideration of three of the most complex and important, yet most neglected, phases of mental life--namely, thinking, feeling, and willing. He presents the results of his own extensive experimentation in this field in addition to an excellent report of the experimental evidence from recent important German investigations, and thus contributes by far the most inclusive and adequate picture of the field that we now possess.

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface

Foreword to the Fourth Edition

From the Preface of the First Edition



Book One: Psychical Elements and Their Direct Combination

  • First Section: Sensations
    • Chapter I. The Isolation of Sensations
    • Chapter II. The Higher Sensations
    • Chapter III. The Lower Sensations
    • Chapter IV. The Law of Specific Energy
    • Chapter V. Psychophysics
  • Second Section: Sensation Complexes
    • Chapter I. Simultaneous Combinations of Tones
    • Chapter II. Visual Space Perception
    • Chapter III. Sensation Complexes of the Tactual Sense
  • Third Section: Absolute Images
  • Fourth Section: The Combination of Images with Sensations and Sensation-Complexes
  • Fifth Section: The Simplest Cognitive Achievements
  • Sixth Section: The Combination of the Function of Relation with Sensation-Complexes
    • Chapter I. Gestalt Perception
    • Chapter II. Movement Perception
    • Chapter III. Perception of Time
  • Seventh Section: Elementary Feelings
  • Eighth Section: Elementary Volition

Book Two: The Renewal of Images as the Foundation of Higher Psychical Performances

  • First Section: General Laws Relating to Revival of Images
  • Second Section: Association as the Basis of Reproduction
    • Chapter I. Brain and Consciousness
    • Chapter II. Investigation Or Special Laws of Association
    • Chapter III. Extension of Our Consideration to the Whole Consciousness

Book Three: The Higher Mental Achievements of Adults

  • First Section: Higher Cognitive Achievements
    • Chapter I. Comparison
    • Chapter II. Apprehension of Objects
    • Chapter III. Perception and Image
    • Chapter IV. Concept and Meaning
    • Chapter V. Certainty
    • Chapter VI. Inferential Thinking
    • Chapter VII Productive Thinking
    • Chapter VIII Judgment, Assumption and Question
    • Chapter IX. Higher Achievements of Memory
    • Chapter X. The "I"-Consciousness
  • Second Section: The Higher Feelings
  • Third Section: The Volitional Life
    • Chapter I. Preparation of Volitional Acts
    • Chapter II. The Direct Effects of Volitional Acts
    • Chapter III. Volitional Action as the Result of Volitional Acts

Book Four: Socially Influenced Mental Achievements

  • First Section: Language
  • Second Section: Morals
  • Third Section: Art
  • Fourth Section: Religion

Book Five: Exceptional Mental States

  • First Section: Sleep
  • Second Section: Dreams
  • Third Section: Hypnosis

Index of Names

Index of Subjects