Daryl J. Bem, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Cornell University, obtained his BA degree in physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1960, and began graduate work in physics at MIT. The civil rights movement had just begun, and he became so intrigued with the changing attitudes toward desegregation in the American South that he decided to switch fields and pursue a career as a social psychologist specializing in attitudes and public opinion. He obtained his PhD degree in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1964, and has since taught at Carnegie-Mellon University, Stanford, Harvard, and Cornell University, where he has been since 1978. He retired from Cornell on June 30, 2007.
Professor Bem has published on several diverse topics in psychology, including psi (ESP), attitudes and public opinion, group decision making, self-perception, personality theory, and sexual orientation. He is coauthor of an introductory textbook in psychology and the author of Beliefs, Attitudes, and Human Affairs (1970).
In science generally, a phenomenon is not considered a reliable fact until it has been observed repeatedly by numerous independent researchers. One criticism of parapsychology is that it has not produced a repeatable psi effect. The "Ganzfeld experiment" and several other classes of psi experiments provide an independently repeatable demonstration of telepathy under rigorously controlled conditions.
Daryl Bem, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Cornell University, has published on several diverse topics in psychology, including psi (ESP), attitudes and public opinion, group decision making, self-perception, personality theory, and sexual orientation. In this teleseminar, he provides an insightful overview of psi research, definitions, and experiments.