The Resource The psychology of attention, by Th. Ribot ; authorized translation, (electronic resource)

The psychology of attention, by Th. Ribot ; authorized translation, (electronic resource)

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The psychology of attention
Title
The psychology of attention
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by Th. Ribot ; authorized translation
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  • eng
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  • eng
Summary
"Psychologists have given much study to the effects of attention, but very little to its mechanism. The latter point is the only one that I propose to investigate in the following work. Yet even within these limits the question is important, for it is, as we shall later see, the counterpart, the necessary complement of the theory of association. If the present treatise contributes, be it ever so little, to point out clearly this want of contemporaneous psychology, and to induce others to supply it, it will have accomplished its purpose. The purpose of this series of essays is to establish and prove the following propositions: There are two well-defined forms of attention: the one spontaneous, natural; the other voluntary, artificial. The former--neglected by most psychologists--is the true, primitive, and fundamental form of attention. The second--the only one studied by most psychologists--is but an imitation, a result of education, of training, and of impulsion. Precarious and vacillating in nature, it derives its whole being from spontaneous attention, and finds only in the latter a point of support. It is merely an apparatus formed by cultivation, and a product of civilization. Attention, in these two forms, is not an indeterminate activity, a kind of "pure act" of spirit, acting by mysterious and undiscoverable means. Its mechanism is essentially motor, that is, it always acts upon the muscles, and through the muscles, mainly under the form of inhibition; and as epigraph of this study we might choose the words of Maudsley, that "the person who is unable to control his own muscles, is incapable of attention." Attention, under these two forms, is an exceptional, abnormal state, which cannot last a long time, for the reason that it is in contradiction to the basic condition of psychic life; namely, change. Attention is a state that is fixed. If it is prolonged beyond a reasonable time, particularly under unfavorable conditions, everybody knows from individual experience, that there results a constantly increasing cloudiness of the mind, finally a kind of intellectual vacuity, frequently accompanied by vertigo. These light, transient perturbations denote the radical antagonism of attention and the normal psychical life. The progress toward unity of consciousness, which is the very basis of attention, manifests itself still better in clearly morbid cases, which we shall study later under their chronic form, namely, the 'fixed idea,' and in their acute form, which is ecstasy"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved)
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1839-1916
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Ribot, Th.
Index
no index present
LC call number
BF321
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.R53 1911
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Attention
  • Attention
  • Fixed ideas
  • Monomania
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
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The psychology of attention, by Th. Ribot ; authorized translation, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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cm.
Edition
6th rev. ed.
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viii, 120 p.
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electronic
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
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(DcWaAPA)apa08352878
Label
The psychology of attention, by Th. Ribot ; authorized translation, (electronic resource)
Publication
Dimensions
cm.
Edition
6th rev. ed.
Extent
viii, 120 p.
Form of item
electronic
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(DcWaAPA)apa08352878

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