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December 1932

The Psychology of a Primitive People: A Study of the Australian Aborigines.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(6):1458-1459. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240060217019

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Modern studies of psychology have shown that a great deal can be learned about mental disorder from the study of the behavior of primitive people. Unfortunately, not a few of the books on cultural anthropology that have been accepted at their face value by psychopathologists are not reliable as to their data, and are highly speculative in their deductions. The present book is a noteworthy exception. It embodies the results of an expedition to Australia in 1929, under the auspices of the Australian National Research Council, the University of Hawaii and the Rockefeller Foundation. The book is certainly a credit to its author and to these institutions. The author—well known as the originator of the Porteus maze test — believed that the mental test approach was inadequate for the study of the psychology of a primitive race. So he included in his task an investigation of the environment of the