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November 1936

Elements of Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(5):1152-1153. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260110237022

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This book is the result of Dunlap's revision of his earlier work "Elements of Scientific Psychology," published in 1922, but, as he indicates in the preface, it is essentially a new book. It is intended primarily as an introductory textbook for college students and should serve this purpose admirably. The biologic point of view of the author is well set forth in his definition of psychology, as "the study of life as the total activity of the individual animal." Although the subject matter discussed includes the usual topics of systematic psychology, such as the senses, perception, learning, feeling and affect and so on, the concept of the total personality is stressed throughout. These phenomena are presented not as isolated activities but as synonymous with the experiencing of the living organism. This biologic approach is the outstanding feature of the book which distinguishes it from other texts. What can be observed,

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