Eighth Annual Meeting of Experimental Psychologists

L. R. Geissler
1911 Psychological bulletin  
can laboratories in order to perfect plans for the erection and equipment of a new laboratory building in the Russian university which he represents. Monday morning was spent in an inspection of the Cornell laboratories; special interest was shown in the demonstrational apparatus. The afternoon meeting opened with a paper by Bentley (Cornell) on 'Comparative Psychology and the Naturalist.' The reader pointed out the essential differences between the appreciative or sentimental attitude toward
more » ... l attitude toward animate nature, and the scientific attitude whose purpose is accurate description and comprehension; he urged that, in order to the study of the animal consciousness, the field-observations of animal behavior made by the naturalist must be supplemented by psychological experiments, designed to show, e. g., what sensedepartments play a decisive role in the animal's conduct and how the creature solves problems presented to it by typical situations. Porter (Clark) reported an extended series of observations carried out by L. W. Sackett on the porcupine, which showed that in certain traits of intelligence this animal ranks between the raccoon and the monkey,-a result which contradicts the popular notion of the porcupine's stupidity. In the discussion aroused by these two papers, the question came up whether or not, from the point of view of university economy, it would be advisable to affiliate experimental psychology to the biological sciences. It developed that, in many universities and colleges, experimental psychology is still in a transitional period: the majority of those present believed that the subject should be placed on the same level with, but should remain independent of, the physical and biological sciences. 203
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