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October 1964

Experimental Psychology. British Medical Bulletin.

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Edited by A. Summerfield, PhD. Price, $5. Pp 86. British Council, 65 Davies St, London, Wl,

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(4):575. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860100157041

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This scholarly volume describes new advances in experimental psychology. The papers are rooted in physiology and minimize the role of psychological and social determinants. In this orientation psychology would find its counterpart in academic psychology of the United States. It is indeed tragic that psychologists in the United States rarely publish such an insightful monograph but prefer to speculate on theories and ambiguities of clinical psychology.

The origins of experimental psychology go back over a century. The need of schools for methods of testing and learning provided the stimulus for the study of learning in men and animals. The newest tools, such as teaching machines and programmed in- struction, are an added catalyst to man's curiosity about the learning process. There are eight provocative papers which deal with aspects of learning, such as the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and storing of information. The papers emphasize those factors which are outside

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