College News and Departmenal Notes: Professor Thorndikes's Psychological Work in the Army
by Departmental notes - 1919
Professor Thorndike has been associated with various scientific and military activities in connection with the war since the spring of 1917. As a member of the psychology committee of the National Research Council, he had charge of the early statistical work with the psychological tests which have since been given to over a million and a half men in the army. This work was done at Teachers College in July and August, 1917. He became a member of the advisory board of the division of psychology in the office of the Surgeon General, which, with Major Yerkes as chief, was charged with the development and administration of these tests. Since September, 1917, he has been a member of the Committee on Classification of Personnel in the Army. This committee, working first under the Adjutant General, and later under the General Staff, has devised and operated plans for the rating and classification of officers, and for the placement and transfer of soldiers. Through the personnel adjutants, nearly a million men have been placed originally or transferred later to forms of military work for which they were specially fit. This work is an integral part of the military organization and will doubtless be maintained under peace conditions. Its work in the development of trade-tests is now being extended to meet the needs of the department of labor.
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