Excerpt from A Genetic Study of Rhythm The age of the subjects - children of the first, fourth and seventh grades - determined the method. It was necessarily objective, - a study of their ability to produce the different rhythmical forms. Those who have worked with children kw that the rmal child is incapable of introspection. Even if an occasional child might be able to give introspective data, these would have Slight scientific value; for every Sign is caught at, as a suggestion in accordance with which a report may be given. The answers returned to the simple ques tion Of what form pleased them most were contradictory in so many cases, that from the answers given by Sixty children at several differ ent readings t eugh reliable material was Obtained to base a single conclusion upon. The investigation has been confined to the spoken rhythm. It was desired later to test children of the same age on the ability to tap the same forms. The time, however, failed for this, except in the case of several particularly unrhythmical sub jects. Thus a satisfactory comparison Of the two forms of motor rhythm, which would be highly desirable, cant be made. The experiment was performed in two ways. (i) A successive number of readings were given by a comparatively large number of children. An analysis was made by the experimenter dur ing and immediately after the production of each form. (2) The same forms were given by three children; a girl of seven, and two boys of nine and eleven respectively, and the Rousse lot microphone was used for analysis. The first series of tests was made on both German and American children; the second on American alone. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.