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Psychology of Pleasure and Pain


THE last two numbers of the Psychological Review (July and September) have contained important articles by Prof. Max Meyer, of the University of Missouri, on the nervous correlate of pleasantness and unpleasantness. In the former the author brings out the contradictory character of the present views of psychologists on this subject, and in the latter proposes a theory that he believes accords with all known facts and gives proportionate weight to the various aspects of the question upon which his predecessors have dwelt too exclusively. The clearest opposition has hitherto been between the psychologists, who hold that pleasantness and. unpleasantness are merely weak (and therefore badly localised or entirely unlocalised) forms of the sensations, which at a higher degree of intensity become respectively sexual sensation and pain, and those who, denying their substantive status, regard them merely as aspects or “tones” of sensational processes.

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Psychology of Pleasure and Pain . Nature 79, 111 (1908).

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