Charles Witt Telford received an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Idaho in 1927. His thesis: The Relative Value of a Psychological Examination and an Entrance Test in Predicting School Grades. He received his Ph.D. as well.
He is also the joint author of several books on psychology, beginning with Dynamics of Mental Health (1963), which by the third edition was called Psychol ogy of Adjustment (1971), and with the fourth edition (1975) it became Adjustment and Personality. James M. Sawrey is the senior author and C. W. Telford is joint author.
Telford and Sawrey also co-authored a text Educational Psychology: Psychological Foundations of Education 3rd ed., (1968) and The exceptional Individual: Psychological and Educational Aspects (1967) [4th ed., 1981]. Telford, Sawrey and Arthur T. Jersild co-authored another text: Child Psychology, 7th ed. (1975).
As members of the Pacific Coast Consultants, the authors conducted supervisory training programs in industry. It soon became evident that there was need for a handbook that could be used as a training manual and as an everyday sou rce of information for the supervisor on the job. The book, therefore had its conception and trial "in the field." Most of its materials have been used successfully in guiding supervisors and middle management personnel toward a more effective use of th eir abilities for a more satisfactory, more productive workday.
Certain basic facts presented are common to many situations. Others may apply especially to your field. All are valuable and useful through adaptation when the thoughtful supervisor dev elops the habit of putting these practical aspects into his daily work.
Jersild, A. T., Telford, C. W., & Sawrey, J. M. (1975). Child Psychology. (7th edition). Prentice-Hall: New Jersey.
Sawrey, J. M. & Telford, C. W. (1959) Educational Psychology. Allyn & Bacon, 3rd imp 
Sawrey, J. M. & Telford, C. W. (1971). Psychology of adjustment. 3rd Ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Sawrey, J.M. & Telford, C. W. (1975). Adjustment and Personality. (4th edition). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon I nc.
Telford, C. W. (1931). The refractory phase# of voluntary and associative responses. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 14, 1-36.
-Mentioned in Schmidt, R. A. (1988). Motor Control and Learning. (Second edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publish ers, Inc.,:
Experimenters have been inter ested in the RT of the second of the two stimuli. The critical comparison has been between RT2 when it is preceded by S1 verses RT2 when S1 is not pre sented at all; that is, the "control RT2" is a measure of RT2 when the subject does not have S1 presented at all. Using this method, experimenters have shown repeatedly that the response to the second of the two closely space stimuli is considered longer than RT2 in the control condition. Apparently S1 and RT1 cause a great deal of interference with the processing of RT2 and S2. This important phenomenon was discovered by Telford (1931), who named it the psychological refractory period (PRP).*
# Is this related to a 1899 event where Francis Gotch describes a "refractory phase" between nerve impulses?
Telford, C.W. & Sawrey, J.M. (1967). The Exceptional Individual: Psychological and Educational Aspects. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hill, Inc.
Telford, C.W. & Sawrey, J.M. (1971). The Exceptional Individual. (Rev. Ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hill, Inc.
Telford, C.W. & Sawrey, J.M. (1972a). Psychology as a natural science. Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Telford, C.W. & Sawrey, J.M. (1972b). The Exceptio nal Individual. (2nd edition). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hill, Inc.
Telford, C. W, y Sawrey, J. M. (1973). El individuo excepcional. Madrid: Prentice-Hall.
Telford, C. W. y Sawrey, J. M. (1978). O Individuo Excepcional. Rio de Janeiro (3a.Edicao), Zahar (Ed.).
Telford, C. W. and Spangler, H. (1935). Training effects in motor skills. Journal of experimental psychology. 19 (1), 141-147.In what Cognitive Domains can Preschool Children be Precocious?
It is now recognised that there are qualitative differences between gifted individuals. The official N.A.G.C. opinion is that "specific" giftedness involves being exceptionally able in a particular domain. "General" giftedness refers to children who are exceptionally able in more than one domain. At present it is estimated that 2% of the population have "s pecific" exceptional abilities - general giftedness is more rare, encompassing less than 0.5% of the population. This is somewhat surprising considering that "the mass of research data indicates that there is no "compensating area of weakness for the area s of demonstrated strength in educational achievement" (Telford & Sawrey, 1971a).
Mentions of the psychological refractory period:
Byrne, M. D., & Anderson, J. R. (in press). Serial modules in parallel: The psy chological refractory period and perfect time-sharing. To appear in Psychological Review.
Meyer, D.E., & Kieras, D.E. (1994). EPIC computational models of psychological refractory- period effects in human multiple-task performance. (EPIC Tech. Rep. No. 2, TR-94/ONR-EPIC-2). Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Department of Psychology. Mentioned at: http://www.acm.org/sigchi/chi95/proceedings/papers/dek_bdy.htm
"Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and the deepest reach in his or her sear ch for self-fulfillment." - Arthur Jersild
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