THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
ROBERT HENRY THOULESS
Psychologist; president, Society for Psychical Research, 1942-44. B. July 15, 1894, Norwich, England. B.A. (hons.), 1914, M.A., 1919, Ph.D., 1922, D.Sc., 1953, Cambridge University. M. 1924, Priscilla G(rafton) Gorton: 1 d., 1 s.
War service, 1915-19; lecturer in psychology, Manchester University, 1921-26; lecturer in charge of Department of Psychology, Glasgow University, 1926; lecturer in psychology in Department of Education, Cambridge University, 1938; reader in educational psychology, Cambridge, 1945-1961; fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1921-24, 1945 to present.. President: Psychology Section, British Assn., 1937, British Psychological Society, 1949; member Council, Society for Psychical Research. Editor, British Psychological Society Monograph Supplements, 1955-60.
Professor Thouless has performed extensive experiments in card-calling and psychokinesis, and is interested also in theories of survival. Currently he is engaged in experiments aimed toward reliability of success in extrasensory perception, and investigation into the possibility of increasing percentage success by repeated guessing on his same series of targets.
Among his several books in teh field of psychology are An Introduction to Psychology of Religion (1923); General and Social Psychology (1925; last revised edition, 1958); Straight and Crooked Thinking (1932; American edition, How to Think Straight, 1938); Authority and Freedom (1954). His many articles in the field of parapsychology include, in the SPR Proceedings: "The Present Position of Experimental Research into Telepathy and Related Phenomena" (1942); "A Test of Survival" (1948); "Report on an Experiment in Psychokinesis with Dice" (1951); in the SPR Journal: "Experimental Precognition and Its Implications" (1950); "Problems of Design in Parapsychological Experiments" (1955); and "Psychical Research Past and Present (11th Myers Memorial Lecture, SPR, 1952); "Experiments in Paranormal Guessing" (British Journal of Psychology, 1942); "Thought Transference and Related Phenomena" (Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britian, 1950). Residence: 2 Leys Road, Cambridge, England.
Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications