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August 1925

The Measurement of Emotional Reactions.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;14(2):284-285. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200140147009

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This monograph is devoted to "Researches on the Psychogalvanic Reflex," to the explanation and practical utilization of which the author has made substantial contributions. We may recall that Prideaux, in his painstaking review of the subject (Brain 43:50-73, 1920), concluded that a good case had been made out "for further investigation into the psychological study of the psychogalvanic reflex. The observations so far recorded are small, and the opinions of the observers are often conflicting. But it would seem that we have in the psychogalvanic reflex a valuable objective sign, which may be able to help us in the elucidation of the many unsolved problems in psychological medicine, and which we cannot afford to disregard." Wechsler also points out how "incomplete and insufficient" is our "knowledge of the affective aspects of human experience" and how lacking are our available methods for "the measurement of the individual's emotional makeup." He