Lectures on the Experimental Psychology of the Thought-processes

Macmillan, 1909 - 318 páginas
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"The present volume is the result of an invitation to the author by the University of Illinois to deliver a series of lectures regarding recent experimental contributions to the psychology of thought. The author has printed the lectures as they were written for delivery at the University of Illinois, in March, 1909. Appended notes are included at the end of the book"--Pref. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).

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Página 14 - For example, does it not require some pains and skill to form the general idea of a triangle ? (which is yet none of the most abstract comprehensive and difficult) ; for it must be neither oblique nor rectangle, neither equilateral, equicrural, nor scalenon, but all and none of these at once.
Página 232 - Nevertheless, it is necessary to remember that there is a wider teleology which is not touched by the doctrine of Evolution, but is actually based upon the fundamental proposition of Evolution.
Página 96 - My belief in introspection is old enough to have attained its majority; for it was in 1888, when for the first time I was reading James Mill's Analysis, that the conviction flashed upon me — "You can test all this for yourself!
Página 14 - ... banks. They are, in short, generic ideas of many past impressions of men. hills, and rivers. An anatomist who occupies himself intently with the examination of several specimens of some new kind of animal, in course of time acquires so vivid a conception of its form and structure, that the idea may take visible shape and become a sort of waking dream. But the figure which thus presents itself is generic, not specific. It is no copy of any one specimen, but, more or less, a mean of the series...
Página 14 - Likewise the idea of man that I frame to myself, must be either of a white, or a black, or a tawny, a straight or a crooked, a tall or a low, or a middle-sized man.
Página 30 - When many impressions or ideas are operating in the mind together, there sometimes takes place a process of a similar kind to chemical combination. When impressions have been so often experienced in conjunction, that each of them calls up readily and instantaneously the ideas of the whole group, those ideas sometimes melt and coalesce into one another, and appear not several ideas but one...
Página 14 - I find indeed I have a faculty of imagining, or representing to myself the ideas of those particular things I have perceived, and of variously compounding and dividing them. I can imagine a man with two heads, or the upper parts of a man joined to the body of a horse. I can consider the hand, the eye, the nose, each by itself abstracted or separated from the rest of the body. But then, whatever hand or eye I imagine, it must have some particular shape and colour.
Página 14 - If any man has the faculty of framing in his mind such an idea of a triangle as is here described, it is in vain to pretend to dispute him out of it, nor would I go about it. All I desire is, that the reader would fully and certainly inform himself whether he has such an idea or no.
Página 30 - When two or more ideas have been often repeated together, and the association has become very strong, they sometimes spring up in such close combination as not to be distinguishable. Some cases of sensation are analogous. For example : when a wheel, on the seven parts of which the seven prismatic...
Página 28 - When the rate is slow we are aware of the object of our thought in a comparatively restful and stable way. When rapid, we are aware of a passage, a relation, a transition from it, or between it and something else.

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