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November 5, 1932

Studies in the Dynamics of Behavior.

JAMA. 1932;99(19):1629. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740710073041

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The studies presented in this volume are of particular significance because they represent an experimental approach to the study of behavior. As Lashley says in the introduction, "The studies... must be judged, to some extent, as an adventure in methodology." The first study is divided into three major parts: first, ratings for wildness and savageness; second, dominance of the hiding tendency over hunger; third, maze learning, in all of which comparisons are made between various groups of rats ranging from adult wild animals through several groups of hybrids to tame albino laboratory stock. The second study reports the results of a study of twenty-one measures of physiologic reaction in relation to the Thurstone neurotic inventory and the Northwestern University introversion-extroversion test. The authors say, as a result of their study, "We must conclude that in no instance have we demonstrated the temperamental type, as defined by the questionnaires used, is

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