Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Experimental Psychology: A Manual of Laboratory Practice, Vol. I: Qualitative Experiments, part 2: Instructor's Manual
Titchener, Edward B.
The general purpose with which this book has been written 
is sufficiently indicated by its title. I have selected a number 
of the ‘ classical ’ experiments of Experimental Psychology, and 
have tried to present them in such a way that their perform¬ 
ance shall have a real disciplinary value for the undergraduate 
student. Within this general purpose, my aim has been two¬ 
fold. I have sought to show, in the first place, that psychol¬ 
ogy is above the laboratory : that we employ our instruments 
of precision not for their own sake, but solely because they 
help us to a refined and more accurate introspection. And 
secondly, just as in my Outline of Psychology and Primer of 
Psychology I gave the results of experimentation a prominent 
place in the psychological system, so here I have treated the 
selected experiments not as separate exercises, but as points 
of departure for systematic discussion. I hope that the book 
may find its sphere of usefulness. I sorely felt the need of 
some such guide when I entered the Leipzig laboratory, and 
I have felt it as sorely throughout my teaching experience. It 
is needless to add that, although eight years have gone to its 
making, the Manual falls lamentably short of its ideal. A book 
in conception is a perfect piece of workmanship : the book that 
leaves the author’s hands is but a rough approximation to the 
first design. 
My greatest debt, here as elsewhere, is to Wundt. I was 
impelled towards experimental psychology by dissatisfaction 
with the logical constructions of the English school ; and it 
was Wundt who taught me the essential lesson of systematic 
introspection. If my recent writing has seemed rather to be 
directed against Wundtian doctrines, that is but the natural 


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