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The Perception of Number

Excerpt from The Perception of Number The experiments upon which this work is based were begun in Harvard University and later were carried on in the laboratory of Columbia University. Part of the results have already been published in the Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume I. It is my purpose in this paper to report some additional experiments and give a more extended theoretical discussion of the questions involved. The experiments already published had reference entirely to the perception of number through touch. In this report I shall give a brief summary of such of those results as may be useful in the discussion, add a few more from the same field, and then report some experiments on the sense of sight which were intended to throw light on the same general problem. The investigation began as a study in the fusion of touch sensations when more than two contacts were possible. I had no very definite idea of what 'fusion meant, and I am even yet unable to find in psychological literature a satisfactory definition or explanation of it. In the absence of uniform usage or common understanding of the term I shall state my own views in regard to fusion in general, in order to make perfectly clear what I mean when I deny that there is fusion of touch sensations when two objects resting near together on the akin are perceived as one object. Inasmuch as the attitude of the subject plays so important a role in all of the experiments, it will be necessary also to devote a few paragraphs to the relation of the motor to the sensory elements of consciousness. The conclusions of other experimenters with whom I do not agree also suggest some remarks on that subject. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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