MORE THAN NOSTALGIA

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 346. C. D. Frith responds to George E. Stelmach's review (see record 2006-06397-027) of the book, Reminiscence, Motivation, and Personality: A Case Study in Experimental Psychology by H. J. Eysenck and Frith (see record 1978-22251-000). Frith contends that since the novel and hence main contribution of the book has been dismissed in one sentence, potential readers may be misled into believing that it has nothing but nostalgia to offer. It is a striking feature of contemporary studies of motor behavior that, while excellent descriptions are available of how skilled movements are performed, there is almost no investigation of how these skills are acquired. It would be a pity if the failure of learning theory to explain learning resulted in the abandonment of any attempt to explain one of the fundamental processes in psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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