Psychological Atlas

Psychological Atlas

Psychological Atlas

Psychological Atlas

Excerpt

In many fields of science the atlas has proved to be a useful device for interesting the young student. Courses like geography, zoology, botany, anatomy, and history of art necessitate the use of graphic materials. No one has hitherto brought together within the covers of a single volume the interesting and useful pictures which relate to various phases of psychology. Consequently, this atlas, which represents the first attempt to organize a collection of graphic material, should meet a genuine need.

The book is intended to stimulate an interest in psychology. In other words, the primary intent of the author is not that of making a contribution to science, but that of arousing a zeal for the study of psychology. For many years he has taken advantage of every opportunity to illustrate, by demonstrations and pictures, his lectures and discussions in the classroom. As a result, he has accumulated a large number of pictures. Even when lecturing before gatherings not well,versed in the author's language, he has found that the intelligibility of pictures and diagrams transcended linguistic barriers.

Now these materials are presented to American students of psychology. The general reader may find this atlas as interesting as the classroom student. The pictures certainly demonstrate how broad is the scope of psychology; hence they may serve to counteract the influence of evanescent interests in such fields as abnormal psychology or child development. Here, in short, is an eloquent demonstration of the breadth of the field of psychology.

Not all branches of psychology can be adequately illustrated by pictures and diagrams. To represent in graphic form some of the more abstruse topics would require the use of cumbersome diagrams and pedantic explanations. If that were done, the atlas would defeat its purpose and become a sterile textbook. Likewise, it has been necessary to disregard the matter of coherence. Groupings of pictures are, necessarily, arbitrary procedures; and the user of this atlas may wish to re-organize the arrangements.

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