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Author Babcock, Harriet, 1877-1952, author

Title Time and the mind : personal tempo-the key to normal and pathological mental conditions / Harriet Babcock, Vocational Adjustment Bureau
Published Cambridge, MA : Sci-Art, [1941]
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Description 1 online resource ( 304 pages : illustrations)
Contents Introduction -- Approaches to psychological analysis -- The time element in mental functioning -- Underlying principles in the selection of efficiency tests -- The mental efficiency battery -- Statistical study of the level-efficiency examination -- Statistical study of different phases of mental functioning -- Possibilities of a more quantitative method in psychological analysis -- Implications of the results of the level-efficiency theory -- Psychological analysis in the interpretation of pathological behavior -- Psychological analysis and intelligence tests -- General applications of the level-efficiency theory -- Interpreting mental efficiency analyses -- The place of level-efficiency analysis in psychological theory
Summary "During the course of some twenty-five years of psychological study, a view of mental organization has emerged which brings normal and abnormal mental conditions together under the same laws and furnishes a principle by means of which they can be better understood. Capacity to make satisfactory social and vocational adjustment has been shown to depend upon the functioning efficiency of mental potentialities; while deteriorated, psychotic, and border-functioning mental conditions have been shown to be directly related to measurable degrees of mental inefficiency. The attempt has been made to prove that just as the art of medicine cannot be applied without consideration of the strength or weakness of different bodily organs and functions, so many of the alleged principles in psychology, such as those having to do with environmental conditions, motivation, aims, and mental habits including complexes, phobias, or parental preferences, cannot be invoked as concepts in psychology without consideration of the efficiency with which underlying mental factors can function so as to make re-education and the control of behavior possible. It has become evident that the concept of efficiency of mental functioning is a basic factor in both normal and abnormal mental phenomena, and that it is of first importance that psychologists perfect the instruments by means of which this phase of mental organization can be evaluated. These investigations have definitely established that results of research are meaningless without some knowledge of both potential intellectual level and the efficiency with which it functions. Advance in the science of psychology will depend greatly upon recognition and control of these two factors"--Foreword. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Also issued in print
Subject Psychology, Pathological.
Intelligence tests.
Ability -- Testing.
Intelligence Tests.
Form Electronic book