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November 1960

The Anatomy of Judgment.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(5):736-737. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820050148018

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Words, ideas, and things, and the sometimes incredibly complicated interactions of these aspects of intellectual activity, or for that matter, of any old activity, present complexities which certainly do not diminish with our growing understanding. From the very beginning of extrauterine life, not only the incessant bombardment with innumerable stimuli but sorting them and reacting to them pose problems of vast scope and complexity. But perhaps it is even worse not to have certain stimuli, for bad effects of some forms of deprivation in the early months of life may be permanent. Though it is interpreted differently by Pavlovians and Freudians it remains an important fact and one which all parents should keep in mind. Further light on what makes people behave as they do has come from the "coffin experiments" at McGill, by Bexton and others, who demonstrated that normally intelligent performance requires a constant input of sensory data

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