Introduction to Psychology for Medical Students by R. R. Hetherington

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In making some sort of estimate of a patient's intellectual level in the ward or clinic, important evidence is gained from what he says ΐ These figures are quoted from surveys carried out by Burt and his co-workers. The total number of pairs of identical twins reared apart amounted to 48. 52 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY and how he says it. T h e range and complexity of his vocabulary is important, and how clearly he manages to convey the meaning of what he wants to say. In assessing this, an account will obviously have to be taken of the patient's age, and to some extent his social class.

O n e famous animal experimenter, Thorndike, p u t some hungry cats into puzzle boxes, from which they could see and smell some food through the bars. They struggled to get at the food, and sooner or later they pulled a loop of string hanging down inside the cage which released the latch fastening the door. This was done again every time the cat became hungry, and it was found that gradually the cat made fewer random movement before he pulled the string, until finally on being put into the box he would pull the string at once in order to get free.

C. 1932. Cambridge University Press, Chapter 5 INTELLIGENCE It used to be thought that success in school-work was the result of diligence and hard work on the part of the pupil, coupled with good teaching on the part of the teacher. Failure on the other hand was held to be due to the laziness and moral turpitude of the pupil coupled with the incompetence of the teacher. Not unnaturally, therefore, teachers would take energetic steps to ensure that their pupils did not reflect their failings as teachers.

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