Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

EMERSON HALL 
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have been carried on, for most of which I have proposed the pro¬ 
blems and the special lines of work, taking care that the research of 
succeeding years and of succeeding generations of graduate students 
should show a certain internal continuity. Whenever the results 
seemed fit for publication, the papers have been published under the 
names of the students who had the responsibility for the conduct of 
the experiments. Until three years ago the publication was scattered; 
most of the papers, however, appeared in the Psychological Review. 
The Harvard Psychological Studies, beginning in 1903, are to gather 
the bulk of our material, although not a few of the researches of 
recent years have been published in other places. 
The laboratory has always sought to avoid one-sidedness, and this 
the more as it was my special aim to adjust the selection of topics 
to the personal equations of the students, many of whom came with 
the special interests of the physician, the zoologist, the artist, the 
pedagogue, and so on. My own special interests may have empha¬ 
sized those problems which refer to the motor functions and their 
relations to attention, apperception, space-sense, time-sense, feeling, 
etc. At the same time I have tried to develop the psychological- 
æsthetic work, which has become more and more a special branch 
of our laboratory, and there has been no year in which I have not 
insisted on some investigations in the fields of association, memory, 
and educational psychology. On the other hand, in a happy supple¬ 
mentation of interests, Dr. Holt has emphasized the physiological 
psychology of the senses, and Dr. Yerkes has quickly developed 
a most efficient experimental department of animal psychology. 
As the work thus became more manifold, the old quarters in Dane 
Hall appeared less and less sufficient. And yet this laboratory devel¬ 
opment has been merely parallel to the growth of general philo¬ 
sophical studies in the whole University. The demand for a new hall, 
exclusively devoted to philosophy, was thus suggested from many 
sides. The idea of linking it with the name of Ralph Waldo Emerson 
has been for years a cherished plan of Professor Palmer. 
An especially appropriate time for the realization of such a plan 
came in the approach of the hundredth anniversary of Emerson’s 
birthday. Almost two years before this date the Department took 
the first steps in seeking to interest the members of the Visiting Com¬ 
mittee for the collection of the necessary funds. This Committee, 
consisting of Mr. G. B. Dorr, chairman, Mr. R. H. Dana, Dr. R. 
Cabot, Mr. J. Lee, Mr. D. Ward, and Mr. R. C. Robbins, showed 
not only warm interest, but lent itself to the furtherance of the plans
        

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