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Reminiscence, Motivation, and Personality

A Case Study in Experimental Psychology

  • H. J. Eysenck
  • C. D. Frith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Origin of the Grand Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 3-35
    3. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 37-64
    4. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 65-96
    5. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 97-128
  3. The Failure of the Grand Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 131-164
    3. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 165-197
    4. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 199-226
    5. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 255-296
    6. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 297-320
  4. The New Look in Reminiscence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 323-349
    3. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 351-375
  5. Epilogue

    1. H. J. Eysenck, C. D. Frith
      Pages 393-398
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 399-430

About this book

Introduction

This is a book on reminiscence, or more modestly a book on reminiscence in motor tasks, or more modestly still on reminiscence in pursuit rotor learning, with occasional references to other types of reminiscence. The vast majority of experiments investigating reminiscence with the pur­ suit rotor have been carried out within the framework of Hullian learn­ ing theory. Thus, of necessity, this book also will be much concerned with that theory. Some readers may feel that so much detailed attention paid to one piece of apparatus and one now rather discredited theory, is overdone; we could not agree with such an evaluation. There are several features of pursuit-rotor performance which make it particularly worthy of attention. One of the more important of these features is the easy replicability of many of the phenomena found in performance of this task; this is our first point. Replicability is the life blood of science; what cannot be replicated by any well-trained observer is of doubtful status in science, and on this score pursuit-rotor work certainly emerges as perhaps the most reliable set of observations in experimental psychology. The effects of massing and spacing; of rest pauses of different length; of switching from massed to spaced learn­ ing, or vice versa; of interpolating different activities; of introducing distracting stimuli; of switching from right to left hand, or vice versa; of changing the speed of rotation, or the diameter of the target disk­ these are clear-cut and replicable as few phenomena in psychology are.

Keywords

ETA attention evaluation experiment experimental psychology learning motivation personality psychology science

Authors and affiliations

  • H. J. Eysenck
    • 1
  • C. D. Frith
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LondonLondonEngland

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