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September 1936

Nouveau traité de psychologie: IV. Les fonctions et les lois générales.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(3):673-674. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260090226020

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In this fourth volume of the series under the editorship of Georges Dumas the general functions of psychologic organization are reviewed by such able authorities as Piéron, Delacroix and Dumas himself. The chapters on attention and on memory and learning, written by Piéron, are concise and well documented surveys. They take no account, however, of the work of the Gestalt school, an omission which will seem surprising to the American reader, who has found this work important in the fields of memory and learning as well as in the field of perception. Delacroix' brief chapter on the association of ideas follows the two chapters by Piéron, and fits in well with these in point of view. Neither author accepts the associationist doctrine in its old rigidity, but both would agree that the relations constituting mental life are to be found in the classic laws of association.

This survey of the

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