Elementary Experiments in Psychology

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PREFACE

THIS manual is designed to meet the requirements for a series of individual experiments in the first course in psychology. It makes individual experiments, as opposed to class demonstrations, practicable, regardless of laboratory facilities or the size of the class. The student is given means and encouragement for pursuing each problem intensively in order that he may acquire independence of thought and action, realize the actuality of mental processes, and get here and there a vision of the vastness, the orderliness, the practical significance, and the charms of mental life.

No laboratory facilities are required. In this there is a triple gain: it saves the manifolding of equipment, it frees the student from the technicalities incidental to the manipulation of apparatus at a time when his energies need to be conserved for the grasping of the psychological problem, and it saves time for the class period, the experiments being adapted for outside assignments. The apparatus other than that ordinarily at the disposal of students is supplied with the book in the accompanying envelope.*

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The president of a college asked a distinguished psychologist how much money his board ought to appropriate for the equipment of a fair elementary laboratory. The reply came: "Three thousand dollars a year for a good instructor and one dollar for paper and pins." This manual supplies the paper and pins and, in part, the instructor.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Chapter I- Visual After-Images 1
  • Chapter II- Visual Contrast 13
  • Chapter III- The Visual Field 23
  • Chapter IV- Visual Space 39
  • Chapter V- Auditory Space 55
  • Chapter VI- Tactual Space 71
  • Chapter VII- Cutaneous Sensations 82
  • Chapter VIII- Weber''s Law 91
  • Chapter IX- Mental Images 104
  • Chapter X- Association 118
  • Chapter XI- Memory 131
  • Chapter XII- Apperception 144
  • Chapter XIII- Attention 158
  • Chapter XIV- Normal Illusions 172
  • Chapter XV- Affective Tone 191
  • Chapter XVI- Reation-Time 205
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