Charles Tart, Ph.D.

Faculty Emeritus

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Psychology, University of North Carolina
M.A. in Psychology, University of North Carolina
B.A. in Psychology, University of North Carolina
Professor Emeritus, Psychology, University of California, Davis

Charles Tart is internationally known for his psychological work on the nature of consciousness (particularly, altered states of consciousness), as one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, and for his research in parapsychology. Charles studied electrical engineering at MIT before deciding to become a psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the Universi­ty of North Carolina with research on influencing nighttime dreams by posthypnotic suggestions, and then received postdoctoral training in hypnosis research at Stanford.
He is a Professor Emeritus at Sofia University and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University of California Davis. He consulted on the original remote viewing research at Stanford Research Institute, where some of his work was important in influencing government policy makers against the deployment of the multi-billion dollar MX missile system.
Charles has published more than 250 articles in professional journals, and many books. He has been a student of Aikido (in which he holds a black belt), meditation, Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way work, and Buddhism. His primary goal is to build bridges between scientific and spiritual communities, and to help integrate Western and Eastern approaches for knowing the world and for personal and social growth.

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