The measurement of emotion / by W. Whately Smith ... With a foreword by Wm. Brown .. Carington, Whately 1892-

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Carington, Whately 1892-
Emotions; Affect (Psychology); Psychophysiology.
"Two of the most characteristic features of modern psychology are (1) the special attention given to the facts of emotional consciousness, and (2) the persistent endeavour to obtain a quantitative statement of results. In the former respect advance has been due mainly to the adoption of the biological method. By taking the biological problem of instinct and the psychological problem of emotion in conjunction a provisional solution has been obtained of both, much as two nuts may be more easily cracked together than when taken separately. In the latter respect mental measurement has been mainly indirect in character, although the possibility of direct mental measurement is not entirely ruled out. What is measured is some physiological concomitant or other of the mental process, not the mental process itself. Nevertheless, since the mental character of the process prompts the measurement and furnishes its relevance, such measurement rightly belongs to psychology, although, of course, it also belongs to physiology. The present work by Whately Smith well illustrates these two features. In it the biological significance of emotion and of affective tone is emphasised, and by means of special methods of experimentation quantitative results are obtained which illuminate the subject in a remarkable way. The author has derived inspiration for his investigations from the work of C.G. Jung on word-association experiments. But by giving a more central position to the psycho-galvanic reaction, and introducing great improvements in the technique, he has elaborated an experimental method of investigating emotion and affective tone which is highly original and of very great value. His investigation of the relative values of the various 'complex-indicators' is most important, and his subsidiary research on the effects of alcohol upon association reactions opens up prospects of equally valuable work with other drugs"--Foreword. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved).
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