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An Introduction to Psychology

Translated from the Second German Edition

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Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,727 / 120 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.2
Downloads: 1,963
Added to site: 2014.08.25
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Genre: Non-fiction
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impulse of transition to more complicated rhythms. When listening unconcernedly to the beats of the metronome when the interval between the beats is 1/2 second or less, the above-described 4/4 time generally appears. This groups together eight beats into one unity, whereas the 2/8 time only embraces two beats. Now if we measure the scope of consciousness for such a complicated row of beats, we find that five bars of 4/4 time can be grouped together and grasped as a whole; and if this row is repeated after a short interval, it can be recognised as identical with the preceding row. Here, then, we have forty beats as the scope of consciousness for this complicated rhythm, whereas with the most simple rhythmical arrangement we had only sixteen beats. This scope of forty seems to be the greatest we can attain by any means. We can, it is true, voluntarily call forth more complicated rhythmic arrangements, e.g. 6/4 time. But such an increase in the number of beats in the rhythmic arrangement demands a certain exerti

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