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readings in psychology for february 18th 2011

Posted Feb 18 2011 1:19pm

Some of my wonderful books were used in this beautiful tribute by Davidson Films to William James. The film catches some insights into a founder of Psychology and how his impact on our lives continues more than 100 years later! CLICK on the picture to visit Davidson Films

Here is what I am reading today:

“Richard Stephenson and Vern Lewis of the University of Toronto in Canada noticed that great pond snails (Lymnaea stagnalis) in tanks in their lab spent 10 per cent of the time in a “quiescent” state: they would attach themselves to a solid surface and sit still with their muscles relaxed and their tentacles partially withdrawn.”

The kicks and somersaults of a developing baby aren’t the only in utero calisthenics. Babies also flex their mental muscles months before birth. Nerve cells from developing brains as young as 20 weeks old fire in a pattern that persists into adulthood, researchers report February 15 in the Journal of Neuroscience. The research provides a glimpse into the behavior of extremely young brain cells and could help scientists understand what happens when brain development goes awry.”

William James, more than anyone else, was responsible for introducing the wide range of topics that now comprise the broad field of psychology. In his magnificent text, The Principles of Psychology, he explored and expanded what was then known about neuroscience, cognition, emotion, perception, and behavior and left a legacy of inquiry into the workings of human experience that still fuels this social science.”

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