Mental Developement in the Child

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byWilliam T. Preyer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1896 Excerpt: ... the manifold "I " of the child--of the cervical consciousness that exists at the very beginning preceding respiration, for example, and of the spinal marrow consciousness, with the later appearing "I" that feels, sees, hears--and for the formation of an individuality with firm character and sensitive conscience, heredity is often of still greater importance than education. I desire to say this, at the close of these considerations, with special emphasis. And yet I can not agree with the great Darwin in the opinion that the influence of education, as compared with that of heredity, is infinitesimal. For precisely the most important function of the brain, the regulation of all the bodily processes connected with it through the nervous system, directly or indirectly, and of all actions, as well as the right division of time, can not be attained, however superior may be the hereditary endowments, without the most careful selection of that which is presented to the sensuous perception in the season of youth. It has long been known that the development of this regulator depends directly upon the impressions received in youth, and thus upon education; and a particularly instructive example of this is furnished in the examination of the brain of the blind, deaf, and dumb Laura Bridgman, who was born in 1829 and died in 1889. At two years of age she lost her left eye wholly, but retained a slight sensation for large, bright objects with the right eye up to her eighth year, at which time the right eye also became entirely blind. The child of two years had lost her speech completely along with her hearing; her smell and taste were partly gone. In this pitiable condition the child was reared with the help of signs at first, arbitrary signs of touch. She learned, among ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1896 Excerpt: ... the manifold "I " of the child--of the cervical consciousness that exists at the very beginning preceding respiration, for examp...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217512674

ISBN - 13:9780217512671

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