Sensation - general

Madison Bentley
1915 Psychological bulletin  
Upon examining physical standards of measurement (without, unfortunately, referring to the standard physical and psychophysical treatises upon measurement) De Laguna (5) discovered that the "elementary physical properties and relations form a system of concepts . . . which are evidently incapable of definition in sensational terms." The careful reader will not confuse De Laguna's "sensation" with the sensation of analytical psychology. Cohen (4), too, has difficulties with the term "sensation,"
more » ... e term "sensation," which lead him to protest against the fashion of explaining illusory and contradictory perceptions in terms of secondary, "subjective" qualities. Watt (10, 11) continues his noteworthy attempt systematically to formulate the principles of mental integration. Integrated complexes Watt calls "modes," and he contends that "thesystematization of the integrative modes of sensory experience is the task that for a scientific psychology inevitably follows upon the systematization of the simplest sensations." Watt's studies should be taken in connection with the Austrian doctrine of fundierle Inhalte and Gestaltqualitat. For the second of these terms Ackerknecht (1) proposes to substitute the term "sensory combination" (Empfindungsverbindung) which he prefers also to Witasek's Vorstellungsproduktion. Ackerknecht thinks that the combinations of figure and rhythm lie at the basis of spatial and temporal perceptions; but he does not make it clear how the addition of a new term is designed to improve our descriptive knowledge of sensory integration. In his critical study of psychological categories, Rahn (9) goes beyond the laws of sensory and non-sensory integration to compare the psychological procedure which analyses, content-wise, into sensations and thought-elements with the view which regards consciousness as act. Rahn is himself inclined toward the categories of activity, wherein is to be found the real process of consciousness. Sensations tend, as he thinks, in spite of the protest of too
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