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September 1942

Motivation and Visual Factors.

Author Affiliations

Teachers College, Columbia University.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1942;28(3):566-567. doi:10.1001/archopht.1942.00880090200021

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In this review one encounters the somewhat anomalous situation of a psychologist discussing a book on vision for the benefit of ophthalmologists. The excuse must be that although this book has "visual" in the title and grew ultimately out of a program of research in physiologic optics, it is devoted largely to a consideration of problems of motivation and personal adjustment. The visual material seems to play a subordinate role in the total picture.

"Motivation and Visual Factors" is more or less a sequel to the earlier monograph from the Dartmouth Eye Institute entitled "An Evaluation of Visual Factors in Reading." The earlier study was statistical in nature, relating visual conditions, scholarship and reading ability for a substantial population of Dartmouth College students. The extensive survey showed only rather meager relations between visual factors and scholarship or reading. Stimulated by this lack of statistical relations, the authors were moved to

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