First Steps in Mental Growth: A Series of Studies in the Psychology of Infancy

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Macmillan, 1906 - Child development - 360 pages
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Page 199 - Any number of impressions, from any number of sensory sources, falling simultaneously on a mind which has not yet experienced them separately, will fuse into a single undivided object for that mind. The law is that all things fuse that can fuse, and nothing separates except what must.
Page 99 - One of the monkeys immediately approached, cautiously opened the bag a little, peeped in, and instantly dashed away. Then I witnessed what Brehm has described, for monkey after monkey, with head raised high and turned on one side, could not resist taking momentary peeps into the upright bag, at the dreadful object lying quiet at the bottom.
Page 90 - was four and a half months old I had been accustomed to make close to him many strange and loud noises, which were all taken as excellent jokes. But at this period I one day made a loud snoring noise which I had never done before : he instantly looked grave,
Page 97 - saw daily the pet pug-dog of the house, and never betrayed the slightest fear until she was (if I recollect rightly) about eight months old. Then the instinct suddenly seemed to develop, and with such intensity that familiarity had no mitigating effect. She screamed whenever the dog entered the room, and for many months remained afraid to touch him.
Page 16 - Man could not have attained his present dominant position in the world without the use of his hands, which are so admirably adapted to act in obedience to his will.
Page 335 - By the beginning of the twentythird month, the child had developed a mania for going about naming things, as if to tell others their names, or to call our attention to the things he was examining. He would look at, point toward, or put his hand on an article, speak its name, then look at his companions.
Page 284 - my image and his own in a mirror, and no doubt mistook them for real objects ; but he showed sense in being evidently surprised at my voice coming from behind him. Like all infants he much enjoyed
Page 284 - looking at himself, and in less than two months perfectly understood that it was an image, for if I made quite silently any odd grimace, he would suddenly turn around to look at me.

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