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American Psychologists in War-time

Nature volume 145, page 21 (06 January 1940) | Download Citation



AMERICA believes in being forearmed. Already the American Association for Applied Psychology has devised a plan to mobilize psychologists to aid the Government in time of emergency as they did in 1918 (Science Service, Washington, D.C.). The chief problems to te considered are connected with the selecting and classifying of men according to their abilities, the selecting of promising recruits for military flying, treating those who break down under the strain of war and discipline, and keeping up the morale of armed forces and those at home. The human element and human 'nerves' are much more important now than in the War of 1914–18, although even then a considerable proportion of war casualties were 'nervous' cases.

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