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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 7 (November 1, 1929)


The following is the first of a series of articles upon Industrial Psychology, prepared specially for the N.Z Railways Magazine by Mr. W. S. Dale, M.A. An examination of this subject has been made by Mr. Dale to exhibit the extent to which the theory of modern industrial psychology has been applied to the working of the New Zealand Railways system.

The use of the word psychology has fallen into disrepute since it has become the universal term for all sorts of studies. Charlatans, seeking to impress a gullible public, speak glibly of the psychology of this, that or the next thing. As a natural outcome of such conditions the word has lost much of its true significance, as well as being held in some contempt, if not fear, by certain sections. The aim of these articles is to show the very close connection between psychology and industry indicating, with actual examples, just how the two are interdependent.