Karl Spencer Lashley, 1890-1958

  title={Karl Spencer Lashley, 1890-1958},
  author={Frederic Charles Bartlett},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={107 - 118}
  • F. Bartlett
  • Published 1 February 1960
  • History
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
In July 1949 the Society of Experimental Biology and the Institute of Animal Behaviour together organized a Symposium for the discussion of a wide range of problems, neurological, physiological and psychological, in which the members of both groups were interested. The Symposium was held in the Zoological Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. K. S. Lashley came to England for this meeting, and no member of the large audience who heard him describe how he had set out ‘In search of the… 

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