INDUSTRY: Rhythm & Work

For years sociologists have wondered whether rhythmic movements on the assembly line are a help or a nervous strain on workers. In its last issue, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study by British Psychologist P. C. Wason of 15 soap-wrappers working for Manchester soapmaker Cussons, Sons & Co. Ltd., who do a strange little jig to music piped in over the plant intercom. W'ason's findings: jigging on the job is a big help both in speed and efficiency. Wrote Wason: "The movements consisted of a rhythmical swaying of the trunk backwards and...

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