Experimental Pedagogy and the Psychology of the Child

Experimental Pedagogy and the Psychology of the Child

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ..."This flower is an interest for me," or "This flower has an interest for me "; or, again, "I take an interest in this flower," "It is to my interest to consider this flower," is to state one and the same fact. A few words must, however, be said to explain a little difficulty about this statement as to the equivalence of these different interests. Does the psychological interest always correspond to the biological interest? In other words, is that which really interests us, which holds us enthralled, always that which ought to interest us from the point of view of our preservation, from the biological point of view? Among animals the psychological interest always coincides with the biological interest, that is, animals are always interested in that which it is to their advantage to be interested in, and they are not attracted by that which might harm them. But we must recognise that, for man, this is not always the 1 It is interest thus understood which is the spring of all our actions, of all our thoughts, which gives them an orientation adapted to the necessities of the moment. Every instant it is interest which determines the kind of reaction; I have proposed calling this fundamental biological fact " the law of momentary interest" (Arch, de Psychol. IV., 1905, p. 280). case: he is often interested in that which is not advantageous to him; often, too, he is not interested in that which would be profitable to him. To quote one example only, the drunkard has a love for alcohol, the absorption of which is nevertheless directly contrary to his personal biological interest and to that of his race. This abnormal divorce of the psychological and the biological interests arises from the partial...
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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507800
  • 9781236507808