Clever Hans

(The horse of Mr. Von Osten): A contribution to experimental animal and human psychology

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Author: Oskar Pfungst
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,846 / 255 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.1
LoC Category: BF
Downloads: 1,414
Added to site: 2010.10.11
mnybks.net#: 29242
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Psychology
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make the perception of minute movements all the more difficult.

Nor was there anything in the exhibitions given at the same time in a Berlin vaudeville by the mare "Rosa," which might have shattered this belief. For, in the case of this rival of Hans, the movements involved were comparatively coarse. The closing signal consisted in bending forward on the part of the one exhibiting the mare, while up to that point he had stood bolt upright. Most persons were not aware of this, because this change in posture cannot be noticed from the front. I happened to sit to the side and caught the movement every time. It was the same that was noted by Dr. Miessner, another member of the commission, (see page 256), but concerning which he did not give me a more complete account. Later I learned through Professor Th. W. Engelmann that the very same movement was employed not long ago, for giving signals to a dog exhibited at Utrecht. This particular movement is very well adapted to commercial purposes, since the spect

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