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.
EIDETICS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERCEPTION, AND THE
BASES OF OUR CONCEPTION OF REALITY. A DISCUSSION OF SOME CONTROVERSIES
|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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Book title: 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.
Contributors: E. R. Jaensch - Author, Oscar Oeser - Translator.
Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 1930.
Page number: 121.
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