Eidetic Imagery and Typological Methods of Investigation: Their Importance for the Psychology of Childhood, the Theory of Education, General Psychology, and the Psychophysiology of Human Personality

By E. R. Jaensch; Oscar Oeser | Go to book overview

APPENDIX
EIDETICS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERCEPTION, AND THE BASES OF OUR CONCEPTION OF REALITY. A DISCUSSION OF SOME CONTROVERSIES
SOME psychologists still look upon eidetic phenomena as an interesting special study, as a characteristic of a few individuals, but not as a matter of supreme importance to psychology and epistemology in general. But if that were so, we should not have devoted so much time and labour to eidetics, since we have from the very beginning always turned to those questions of general importance, which are awaiting solution in the fields of psychology and philosophy. We have not made eidetics the centre of our investigations for so long because of a chance discovery, but because we soon realized its importance for general psychology and several of its neighbouring sciences.Three main arguments are usually advanced for not attributing general importance to eidetics.
1. We attribute the importance of this study to the fact that eidetic phenomena play such a large part in the development of perceptions. Since this takes place during early childhood, the phenomena should be most frequent at this age, if they are to have the function that we attribute to them. Some psychologists, however, have asserted that eidetic phenomena are at a maximum in the period preceding puberty.

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