Industrial Psychology observation test, England, 1945-1955

Made:
1945-1955 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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A Raphael 'Coffin' Observation Test, 1945-1955. Full view, side with window displays. Black background.
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A Raphael 'Coffin' Observation Test, 1945-1955. Full view, showing the inside of the box. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

A Raphael 'Coffin' Observation Test, 1945-1955.

The Raphael ‘Coffin’ Observation Test is an industrial psychology test. Its working method is uncertain. It is thought to have assessed the suitability of a job candidate. It was possibly invented by Mrs Winifred Raphael, of the National Institute of Industrial Psychology (NIIP) in the 1950s.

The NIIP was founded in 1921 by Charles Myers and Henry Welch. Myers was Director of the Cambridge Psychological Laboratory. Welch was director of a company of East India merchants. It aimed ‘to promote by systematic scientific methods a more effective application of human energy in occupational life and a correspondingly higher standard of comfort and welfare for the workers’. In the 21st century, employers commonly test potential employees to assess their suitability and competency.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1994-1255/61 Pt1
type:
observation test

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