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November 02, 1939 - Image 3

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The Michigan Daily, 1939-11-02

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unuren neaas
Will Convene
Here Nov. 9
Leaders To Discuss Plan
For Delinquency Control;
Rev. Carey To Preside
Leading representatives of all
faiths will come to Michigan Thurs-
day, Nov. 9 to participate in a confer-
ence of the ministers of this state toi
be held by the Michigan Child Guid-
ance Institute.
Sponsored in conjunction with, but
independently of- the four-day Par-
ent Education Institute meeting, the
discussions will take place in both the
League and in the Rackham Build-
ing and will deal with the problem
of the function of the church in ref-
erence to delinquency control in
communities of different sizes.
Endorsed by Governor Dickinson,
the meeting will try to formulate for
the ministers a specific plan where-
in the delinquent child can effective-
ly be integrated into the church pro-
gram.
Rev. Thomas R. Carey will preside
at the luncheon to be held at 12 noon
at the League, beginning the confer-
ence. Prof. Lowell J. Carr, Director
of the Child Guidance Institute, will
also speak to the group.
At 2 p.m. the assembly will adjourn
to the religious panel of the Parent
Education Institute, and will re-E
assemble at 4 p.m. in groups based on
the size of the particular community
to which each minitser belongs. The
Conference will adjourn at 8:30 after
dinner and a closing discussion at
the League,

White Rats May Aid Shepard
To Probe Secrets Of Learning

6 _..

Professor Of Psychology
Studies Maze Effects
On Rodents' Reasoning
By HARRY rICKERING
Behind a mysteriously locked door
marked 2122 in the Natural Science.
Building and down two flights of
stairs, Prof. John F. Shepard of the
Psychology department has been ex-
perimenting with white rats in an
endeavor to probe the secrets of men-
tal learning..
Professor Shepard began his in-
vestigation of mental processes in
1908 by working with rats in mazes.
"I only found out that I lacked the
necessary facilities to conduct ade-
quate experiments," he said, "little
could be done with a small maze."
When the Natural Science Build-
ing was erected, provision was made
for a room where a large maze could
be set up in which the rats could be
observed. The result was a p°at-
' form on the ground floor about 12
feet square over which were suspend-
ed a number of dimly lit bulbs. The
maze is built on the platform and so
constructed that the pattern can be
readily changed. Passageways are
about five inches wide with wooden
walls 10 inches high, all covered with
a wire screen. In Professor Shep-
ard's office is a trap door which
opens into the maze-room below.
From here the movements of the rats
may be observed as they search for
the path that will lead them to food.
Professor Shepard is interested in
two main aspects of the rat's be-
havior; (1) analysis of tiial and er-
ror learning, and (2) analysis of the
reasoning factors involved, or, sirnp-

ly stated, what happens when a rat
figures out the shortest route to his
goal and eliminates the roundabout
paths.
For the past 14 years Professor
Shepard has been experimenting
with his maze, which is the largest of
its kind in the world. He quit the
maze a few weeks ago and will devote
the next four years to assembling
his data for publication.
Rat number 38 was the most in-
telligent in the group this year, Pro-
fessor Shepard remarked. He always
took the shortest possible route to
his food. Some rats, on the other
hand, never learn, merely wander
about aimlessly in spite of previous
experience.
Asked if he enjoyed working with
the snowy rodents, Professor Shepard
replied: "Yes, indeed, I'd rather work
with these fellows than the two-leg-
ged variety."

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American Student Union
To Present Informal Part

The first in a series of informal
get-togethers sponsored by t h e
American Student Union will be giv-
en from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow
at Unity Hall, 106 N. State St.
The program will include dancing,
record playing and skits. June Har-
ris, '40, chairman, is being assisted
by Miriam Wellington, '41 and Ruth
Wellington, '40. Tickets are 15 cents
each or 25 cents a couple and may
be procured at the door.
Dr. Bell Attends Meeting
Dr. Margaret Bell will participate
in a Vocational Information Confer-
ence at Ohio State University today.
She will also take part in a National
Conference on Coordination in Health
Education tomorrow and Friday at
Rockerfeller Center in New York City.

Atmosphere And Open Shelves
.Embellish Lane HallLibrary

If you like to read Confucius in an
atmosphere of plush rugs and up-
holstered chairs, if you prefer an open
shelf library with no librarian, and
your interests are in religion or some
of its related fields, then the Student
Religious Association library at Lane
Efall is the place to ,visit.
The Association library contains=
only about 300 books, but it is, de-
spite its resemblance to a private'
biidy, one of the best and most ac-
cessible sources for religious infor-
mation on campus. Its present sub-
ject niatter includes history, phi-
losophy, sociology, psychology, lan-
guages and anthropology aid is Cdo'n-
tinually being enlarged and im-
Sroved. This year a number of new
6ooks will he added iii ac6rdance
with the suggesfions froi vrious
departments in the University.
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contributions is its shelf covering the
origin and growth of the early Greek
and Christian churches. More color-
ful, perhaps, is the shelf on compara-
tive religions which treats the reli-
gions of India, Japan and the Far
East, of Asia and its Buddhism, Mo-
hainmedanism and Confucianism.
There is also an entire shelf on Ju-
daism and its various phases, and a
shelf on religious philosophy of the
Bertrand Russell type. A few copies
of such rare books as "The Little
Flowers of St. Francis" and "On The
Imitation of Christ," works much
discussed in books and lectures but
seldom seen in print, are available.
In addition to these features, the
Association library has the Catholic
Encyclopedia, the Jewish Encyclo-
pedia and the Encyclopedia of Re-
riin ir dWEhir

PRESTON W. SLOSSON of the
U. of M. History Department
will speak on
"is Chriestianity of Any
Value in the Present
World Crisis?"
ST. ANDREWS CHURCH
Catherine at Division

8 P.Mt.

Thursday, Nov. 2

un±ie or e li Y is most vaiuab iea gon.Uan a.t.cs.I
FRIT Z
Moiday, Nov. 6th, 8:30
Hill Auditorium
No violinist of our time has equalled his
hold upon the public. The magic of his
name and his playing stirs musicians and
laymen alike. To both, Fritz Kreisler stands
supreme, the acknowledged master of vio-
linistic interpretation. To quote what has
become a musical adage, "There are many
' violinists . There is only one Kreisler."
A limited number of season tickets and tickets
for individual concerts are on sale "over the
counter" at the office of the
SCHYOOL OF MUSIC
________________ 325 MAYNARD STRLET

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