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Originally published in 1960, the two volumes of Experiments in Personality report a number of experiments in psychogenetics, psychopharmacology, psychodiagnostics, psychometrics and psychodynamics, all of which formed part of the programme of research which had been developing from the late 1940s at the Maudsley Hospital. Presenting the studies together in a book, rather than the more usual route of journal articles, was itself felt to be an experiment at the time, especially given the wide area covered. The decision was deliberate because all the studies reported formed part of a larger whole, which would have been lost if published separately.
Volume I looks at psychogenetics and psychopharmacology.
Editor’s introduction Part One: Experiments in Psychogenetics P.L. Broadhurst Applications of biometrical genetics to the inheritance of behaviour 1 Introduction 2 Methods 3 Selective reading 4 Analysis of a diallel cross Part Two: Experiments in Psychopharmacology General introduction 5 R.A. Willett The effects of depressant drugs on learning and conditioning 6 H.C. Holland The effects of depressant drugs on some perceptual processes 7 Emer Treadwell The effects of depressant drugs on vigilance and psychomotor performance 8 Irene Martin The effects of depressant drugs on palmar skin resistance and adaption 9 Irene Martin The effects of depressant drugs on reaction times and ‘set’ 10 H.J. Eysenck and S.B.G. Eysenck The classification of drugs according to their behavioural effects Bibliography and Author index Subject index
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