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Psychological Needs in Animals

    Naturevolume 134pages744745 (1934) | Download Citation



    POF. DAVID KATZ (Rostock) in an address on “Some Problems of the Psychology of Needs” to Section J (Psychology) of the British Association at Aberdeen pointed out that the study of needs seems to be one of the most important tasks of modern psychology. A general view of the whole range of needs (vital, social, artistic and religious) must first be undertaken. Once this has been achieved, two other tasks remain to be in vestigated: (1) the objects which serve the satis faction of needs, (2) the methods by which the needs are satisfied. Different needs all reveal the same fundamental laws, but no other need offers, from the point of view of content and method, such a profit able object of investigation as the satisfaction of hunger.

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