Elements of Physiological Psychology: A Treatise of the Activities and Nature of the Mind from the Physical and Experimental Point of View

Front Cover
C. Scribner's sons, 1887 - Psychophysiology - 696 pages
0 Reviews

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 517 - What kind of an emotion of fear would be left if the feeling neither of quickened heart-beats nor of shallow breathing, neither of trembling lips nor of weakened limbs, neither of goose-flesh nor of visceral stirrings, were present, it is quite impossible for me to think.
Page 467 - ... familiar generalizations. That a kind of sluggishness or inertia, which the stimulus must overcome, belongs to all the senses, and that they often continue to act, when once roused, after the exciting cause is withdrawn; that different sensations following each other too quickly tend to confuse or destroy each other; that no one can see or think more than about so rapidly, but that this rate varies with different individuals and with the same individual at different times; that it takes more...
Page 556 - ... memory wholly inexplicable as a mere persistence or recurrence of similar impressions. It is this which makes conscious memory a spiritual phenomenon, the explanation of which, as arising out of nervous processes and conditions, is not simply undiscovered in fact, but utterly incapable of approach by the imagination. When, then, we speak of a physical basis of memory, recognition must be made of the complete inability of science to suggest any physical process which can be conceived of as correlated...
Page 385 - localization,' or the transference of the composite sensations from mere states of the mind to processes or conditions recognized as taking place at more or less definitely fixed points or areas of the body; and ' eccentric projection ' (sometimes called 'eccentric perception') or the giving to these sensations an objective existence (in the fullest sense of the word ' objective ') as qualities of objects situated within a field of space and in contact with, or more or less remotely distant from,...
Page 620 - This same statement is emphatically true of the long period of maturity which constitutes what we call the "middle life" of man. During this time the nervous matter undergoes scarcely any disccrnible development. Nothing that microscope or electrometer can detect distinguishes the brain of the man of twenty-five from that of the man of fifty. A few grammes of weight have perhaps been added to it during this long period of years. Anyone is at liberty to speculate as to the immense development of so-called...
Page 554 - I remember one thing rather than another—granted the mind's power to remember at all. This power is a spiritual activity wholly sui generis, and incapable of being conceived of as flowing out of any physical condition or mode of energy whatever.
Page 526 - To move any part of the body voluntarily requires the following particulars : (1) The possession of an educated reflex-motor mechanism, under the control of those higher cerebral centres which are most immediately connected with the phenomena of consciousness ; (2) certain motifs in the form of conscious feelings that have a tone of pleasure or pain, and so impel the mind to secure such bodily conditions as will continue or increase the one and discontinue or diminish the other ; (3) ideas of motions...
Page 517 - Can one fancy the state of rage and picture no ebullition of it in the chest, no flushing of the face, no dilatation of the nostrils, no clenching of the teeth, no impulse to vigorous action, but in their stead limp muscles, calm breathing, and a placid face?
Page 322 - Phonicity" is that property of a chord or interval which consists in the possession of certain partial tones that are common to all tones. The first of these qualities of harmony seems to ally the pleasure it yields to that which follows even the obscure and only half-conscious perception, as it were, of all relations, as such, between our sensations.

Bibliographic information