Agency history, 1958-1963
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- Bray, Charles William 1904-
- Carmichael, Leonard 1898-1973
- United States Dept. of Defense Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering Defense Science Board
- United States Dept. of Defense Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering Defense Science Board Ad Hoc Advisory Group for Psychology and the Social Sciences
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- Remarks by Leonard Carmichael to the Defense Science Board, Record Unit 179, Box 2, folder 14, Smithsonian Institution Archives, December 9, 1960
- Letter, Charles W. Bray to Leonard Carmichael, Record Unit 50, box 232, folder 3, Smithsonian Institution Archives, February 20, 1959
- The Smithsonian Institution created the Research Group in Psychology and the Social Sciences in 1958 to implement the recommendations of the Defense Science Board's Ad Hoc Advisory Group for Psychology and the Social Sciences. Leonard Carmichael, then Smithsonian Secretary, was a distinguished psychologist and member of the Group. The Advisory Group, meeting in 1957-1958, advocated research in to possible adaptation of psychological and social science research to defense needs in the fields of human motivation, team functions, decision making and the like. Research was funded through Defense Department contract NONR 1354(08). The project was closed on non-renewal of the contract in 1963.
- Charles W. Bray served as Special Research Director, 1959-1963, reporting to the Secretary of the Smithsonian.
- For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.
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- Motivation (Psychology)
- Psychology, Military
- Psychology, Applied
Mixed archival materials