Lectures on the Experimental Psychology of the Thought- Processes

Lectures on the Experimental Psychology of the Thought- Processes

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Lectures on the Experimental Psychology of the Thought- Processes

Lectures on the Experimental Psychology of the Thought- Processes

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In a course of lectures on the elementary psy- chology of Feeling and Attention, published last year, I remarked that "the system of psy- chology rests upon a threefold foundation: the doctrine of sensation and image, the elementary doctrine of feeling, and the doctrine of attention." This statement, which formed the basis of my whole discussion, was promptly challenged by re- viewers. I was misled, they affirmed, by a sen- sationalistic bias; I should have taken account of current experimental work upon the thought- processes; I had no right to assume that all intellection is imaginal in character.

I could not but acknowledge the essential jus- tice of this criticism, although I could not either accept my critics' point of view. I was, indeed, engaged in writing a brief defence of psycho- logical sensationalism, when I received an invi- tation to deliver a series of lectures at the University of Illinois. Here was an opportunity, of which I gladly availed myself, to treat in some little detail of the recent experimental con- tributions to the psychology of thought. The present volume is the result.

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