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October 1926

Old and New Viewpoints in Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1926;16(4):534-537. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1926.02200280142015

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This volume contains three public lectures, in as many chapters, on subjects of interest to the psychologist and the psychiatrist, presented in very readable style. The first chapter deals with mental measurements; the second is a discussion on present day schools of psychology; the third is a presentation on the subject of psychologic factors in spiritualism. In two remaining chapters are discussed the psychology of the comic, and the reading of character from external signs.

In the paper on mental measurements the author indicates the existing need for mental tests, particularly in their application to the study of individual psychology in contrast with general psychology, and discusses the historical development of tests. The important fact is pointed out that what we want to know about the patient tested is his capacity to learn and to acquire the knowledge and habits demanded of him; this function is supplied by the Binet-Simon

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