Just at present there is much dispute among psychologists over the most satisfactory method of defining the science. The difficulty arises in large part from the number of theories held in the past which still haunt the domain of the Kving science although no longer accepted and, in many cases, entirely out of harmony with the present attitude toward the subject. While the formal definition offers many difficulties, it is comparatively easy to state what the science is doing and the nature of the facts that it studies. It deals with the activities commonly known as mental, the processes of perceiving, of remembering, of thinking, and particularly with the acts of the individual.
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About the Author
Walter Bowers Pillsbury (July 21, 1872 - June 3, 1960) was an American psychologist, born at Burlington, Iowa. He studied for two years at Penn College, Oskaloosa, Iowa, graduated from the University of Nebraska (1892), and subsequently completed a Ph.D. at Cornell University (1896). Pillsbury taught at the University of Michigan after 1897, in 1905-1910 as junior professor of philosophy and director of the psychological laboratory and afterward as professor of psychology. In 1908-1909 he lectured at Columbia.