Outlines of Descriptive Psychology: A Text-Book of Mental Science for Colleges and Normal Schools

Outlines of Descriptive Psychology: A Text-Book of Mental Science for Colleges and Normal Schools

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Outlines of Descriptive Psychology: A Text-Book of Mental Science for Colleges and Normal Schools

Outlines of Descriptive Psychology: A Text-Book of Mental Science for Colleges and Normal Schools

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This book has been written with a definite intention constantly in view. In size, selection and arrangement of material, style, and mechanical structure, my effort has been to adapt it to certain beginners, with an average grade of culture and amount of time at disposal. In a word, it is -- as its title designates -- a text-book of the science of psychology for colleges and normal schools. I have, therefore, had in mind, from first sentence to last, both the pupil and the teacher in their mutual relations. No pains has been spared to make the presentation of the subject such that it can be intelligently and "economically" yet thoroughly studied and successfully taught.

It will doubtless facilitate my general purpose if the explanation of it is extended into a few particulars. And first, attention is called to the fact that this work aims to give a complete but summary treatment of the phenomena of human mental life, from the different points of view, and with all the methods of research, which belong to modern psychology. The aid of experimental and physiological investigations is constantly sought. But these investigations are -- at least at present -- almost entirely unable to deal with the later and more complex developments of the mind. Unless we describe, and as far as . . .

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