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Animal intelligence : an experimental study of the associative processes in animals

Author: Edward L Thorndike
Publisher: New York ; London : The Macmillan Company, [1898]
Series: Psychological monographs, v. 2:4.
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This monograph is an attempt at an explanation of the nature of the process of association in the animal mind. Inasmuch as there have been no extended researches of a character similar to the present one either in subject-matter or experimental method, it is necessary to explain briefly its standpoint. Our knowledge of the mental life of animals equals in the main our knowledge of their sense-powers, of their  Read more...
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Thorndike, Edward L. (Edward Lee), 1874-1949.
Animal intelligence.
New York, London : The Macmillan Company, [1898]
(OCoLC)32095604
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward L Thorndike
OCLC Number: 205217854
Notes: Continued in monograph suppl., v. 3, no. 5: The mental life of monkeys.
Published also in Columbia university contributions to philosophy, psychology and education, v. 4, no. 3.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (2 preliminary leaves, 109 pages) : diagrams.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Psychological monographs, v. 2:4.
Other Titles: PsycBOOKS.
Responsibility: by Edward L. Thorndike ...

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This monograph is an attempt at an explanation of the nature of the process of association in the animal mind. Inasmuch as there have been no extended researches of a character similar to the present one either in subject-matter or experimental method, it is necessary to explain briefly its standpoint. Our knowledge of the mental life of animals equals in the main our knowledge of their sense-powers, of their instincts or reactions performed without experience, and of their reactions which are built up by experience. Confining our attention to the latter we find it the opinion of the better observers and analysts that these reactions can all be explained by the ordinary associative processes without aid from abstract, conceptual, inferential thinking. These associative processes then, as present in animals' minds and as displayed in their acts, are my subject-matter. Anyone familiar in even a general way with the literature of comparative psychology will recall that this part of the field has received faulty and unsuccessful treatment. The careful, minute, and solid knowledge of the sense-organs of animals finds no counterpart in the realm of associations and habits. The main purpose of the study of the animal mind is to learn the development of mental life down through the phylum, to trace in particular the origin of human faculty. In relation to this chief purpose of comparative psychology the associative processes assume a role predominant over that of sense-powers or instinct, for in a study of the associative processes lies the solution of the problem. Sense-powers and instincts have changed by addition and supersedence, but the cognitive side of consciousness has changed not only in quantity but also in quality. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).

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