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The responses to tests of sensory impressions, may be based on recognition on motor experience, such as the results of complex movements; or on the use of acquired knowledge. All of these contain experience. A boy who has been brought up by reading, life, accustomed the rush of traffic and the watchfulness demanded city familiar with the conveniences of city to on the streets has a general setting entirely different ANTHROPOLOGY AND MODERN LIFE 56 from that of a boy brought up on a lonely farm, who has had no contact with the machinery of modern city life.
So far as White blood Other we know in the tests the two groups amount is of about the same. intended to investigate differences be- tween the mental reactions of Negroes, Mulattoes and Whites due to the racial composition of the groups are not convincing, because due caution has not been taken to insure an equal social background. The study of mental achievement of a socially uni- form group undertaken by Dr. Herskovits does not show any relation between the intensity of negroid features and mental attainment.
Klineberg has tested the ability of Indian who were of still bead work, somewhat in regard to their ability to reproduce geometrical forms of varying complexity. that the girls bead work girls familiar with the old style among is still He found the Sac and Fox, a tribe in which alive, had the greatest ability to THE PROBLEM OF RACE 53 reproduce forms. Next to them were the Dakota girls who were markedly superior to White girls. All girls were much superior to boys, Whites and Indians, who are not familiar with bead work.