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The thing of which the act of perception is the perception is experienced as something not mental.
The sensory acts are accordingly distinguished by their objects.
The perceptive act is a reaction of the mind upon the object of which it is the perception.
The mental act of sensation which issues in reflex movement is so simple as to defy analysis.
The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness.
Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life.
Psychology is the science of the act of experiencing, and deals with the whole system of such acts as they make up mental life.
Mental life is indeed practical through and through. It begins in practice and it ends in practice.
It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding, that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last phrase as objects of contemplation, the act of contemplation itself is of course an enjoyment.
It is more difficult to designate this form of conation on its practical side by a satisfactory name.
It is convenient to distinguish the two kinds of experience which have thus been described, the experienc-ing and the experienc-ed, by technical words.
In the perception of a tree we can distinguish the act of experiencing, or perceiving, from the thing experienced, or perceived.
Hence, in desiring, the more the enjoyment is delayed, the more fancy begins to weave about the object images of future fruition, and to clothe the desired object with properties calculated to inflame the impulse.
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