Behavior: Psychologists Go to War

Military uses—and abuses—of mind science A Defense Department study exploring the feasibility of using odor bombs in Asia suggested that a vegetarian tribe could be effectively sickened and confused by flooding the jungle with the concentrated body odor of meat eaters. During the 1960s Congo rebellion, another Pentagon study investigated the possibility of creating "special magic potions" for use by friendly Congolese troops. In Viet Nam, American forces distributed "propaganda soap" layered with anti-Viet Cong messages, and experimented at Cam Ranh Bay with dolphins in underwater surveillance and detection.

These are only a few of the exotica cited by British Journalist...

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