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March 1944

Behavior and Neurosis.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;51(3):300-301. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290270089013

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The author's aim is to describe a series of experimental studies of animal behavior, in the belief that these studies contribute materially to the understanding of human behavior. He indicates the applicability of basic psychobiologic principles to psychoanalysis, clinical psychiatry and psychotherapy. The volume is divided into three parts: part 1, historical rationale and experimental results; part 2, a survey of relevant literature on dynamic psychology and experimental neurosis, and part 3, an introduction to the clinical applications of the data recorded.

The experimental data were acquired by a study of cats in a glass-enclosed cage equipped to provide incentives to behavior under controlled physical, spatial and temporal conditions. The cage was also equipped to provide sensory stimuli, and likewise it included means of frustrating adaptive behavior or of making the behavior conflictual. The incentive used was food served into the cage in cups mounted on a rotary wheel which

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