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These syllables, about 2,300 in number, were mixed together and then drawn out by chance and used to construct series of different lengths, several of…
The relation of repetitions for learning and for repeating English stanzas needs no amplification. These were learned by heart on the first day with less…
The amount of detailed information which an individual has at his command and his theoretical elaborations of the same are mutually dependent; they grow in…
The aim of the tests carried on with these syllable series was, by means of repeated audible perusal of the separate series, to so impress…
Out of the simple consonants of the alphabet and our eleven vowels and diphthongs all possible syllables of a certain sort were constructed, a vowel…
On the basis of the familiar experience that that which is learned with difficulty is better retained, it would have been safe to prophesy such…
Often, even after years, mental states once present in consciousness return to it with apparent spontaneity and without any act of the will; that is,…
No matter how thoroughly a person may have learned the Greek alphabet, he will never be in a condition to repeat it backwards without further…
Ideas which have been developed simultaneously or in immediate succession in the same mind mutually reproduce each other, and do this with greater ease in…
The musician writes for the orchestra what his inner voice sings to him; the painter rarely relies without disadvantage solely upon the images which his…
The constant flux and caprice of mental events do not admit of the establishment of stable experimental conditions.
A poem is learned by heart and then not again repeated. We will suppose that after a half year it has been forgotten: no effort…
One needs but to say that, in the case of an unfamiliar sequence of syllables, only about seven can be grasped in one act, but…
Mental states of every kind, – sensations, feelings, ideas, – which were at one time present in consciousness and then have disappeared from it, have…
Mental events, it is said, are not passive happenings but the acts of a subject.
Series of syllables which have been learned by heart, forgotten, and learned anew must be similar as to their inner conditions at the times when…
The school-boy doesn’t force himself to learn his vocabularies and rules altogether at night, but knows that be must impress them again in the morning.
Sensorial perception, for example, certainly occurs with greater or less accuracy according to the degree of interest; it is constantly given other directions by the…
Meanwhile the fact that the connection with the activity of memory in ordinary life is for the moment lost is of less importance than the…
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