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May 1929

Common Principles in Psychology and Physiology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;21(5):1226. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02210230240024

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Psychology and physiology, sciences dealing with the same organism, have developed for the most part independently. This volume is an excellent attempt to provide a common foundation of general principles for both. It is evident that much profit will be derived from the synthesis made. It is a unique attempt to scrutinize thoroughly the foundation of two sciences concerned with closely allied fields of study that now ignore the challenge of their opposed principles.

Wood-Jones and Porteus in "The Matrix of the Mind" have recently called attention to the state of many psychologic textbooks, which give a brief inadequate treatment of the nervous system in the first chapters, and subsequently deal with sensation and attention, as if these mental functions did not have any relation to neurologic phenomena. Maccurdy's service lies in providing a basis for the study of the unified organism. He proposes that patterns be taken as the