THEREis all the less reason for me to enlarge upon the question of method in animal psychology in its full extent, since many other authors have dealt with this subject very thoroughly.1 But I should like to set before the reader some remarks of a supplementary nature which are connected with my conception of method in general and comparative psychology.
In those early days of experimental psychology, when the discussion about methods, and especially about psychophysical methods, occupied a great deal of space, one of the leading contemporary scholars thought it his duty to issue a warning against allowing the method to become stereotyped. He wittily termed that method the best which yields the best results. And truly, in a new science which is in the flood-tide of development, any hasty decisions about____________________
(b) Treatment within the framework of more general descriptions. J. A. Bierens de Haan : "Die tierpsychologische Forschung," ihre Ziele und Wege. Leipzig, 1935. Fr. Hempelmann, loc. cit. E. A. Russell: "The Behaviour of Animals." London, 1934. I myself have briefly stated my attitude towards the question of method in the article "Tierpsychologie," in the Handwörterbuch der medizinischen Psychologie. Leipzig, 1933.