Brief Biographical Data

Charles T. Tart, Ph.D., is internationally known for his psychological work on altered states of consciousness and as one of the founders of transpersonal psychology. His two classic books, Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975), became widely used texts that allowed these areas to become part of modern psychology.

Professor Tart studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before electing to become a psychologist. He received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963, and then received postdoctoral training with Professor Ernest R. Hilgard at Stanford University. He is currently a Core Faculty Member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, as well as Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Davis campus of the University of California, where he served for 28 years.

He has been a Visiting Professor in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a consultant on government funded parapsychological research at the Stanford Research Institute (now known as SRI International). He is internationally known for his research work with altered states of consciousness, transpersonal psychology, and parapsychology. Tart's eleven books , in addition to Altered States of Consciousness (1969) and Transpersonal Psychologies (1975), are: On Being Stoned: A Psychological Study of Marijuana Intoxication (1971), States of Consciousness (1975), Symposium on Consciousness (1975, with P. Lee, R. Ornstein, D. Galin & A. Deikman), Learning to Use Extrasensory Perception (1976), Psi: Scientific Studies of the Psychic Realm (1977), Mind at Large: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Symposia on the Nature of Extrasensory Perception (1979, with H. Puthoff & R. Targ), Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential (1986) and Open Mind, Discriminating Mind: Reflections on Human Possibilities (1989), as well as numerous journal articles. His newest book, Living the Mindful Life (1994), further explores the possibilities of awakening from the mechanical conditioning and habit that dulls ordinary life.

As well as a laboratory researcher, he has been a student of Aikido (in which he holds a black belt), of meditation, of Gurdjieff's work, of Buddhism, and other psychological and spiritual disciplines. His primary goal is to build bridges between the scientific and spiritual communities and to help bring about a refinement and integration of Western and Eastern approaches for knowing the world and for personal and social growth.

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