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Photo of Ray Hyman RAY HYMAN

Although you see him on Frontiers as a palm reader and in the field looking for water, in real life Ray Hyman is a cognitive psychologist and a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon in Eugene. He has many research interests within the area in cognitive psychology and, as part of his interest in human error, is studying comprehension and pseudo-communication in character reading.

This critic of parapsychology is also working on problem solving, reasoning and internal representations. Within this context he is looking at subjective feelings of understanding or "seeing" the correct solutions. He also focuses on why certain problems are so difficult for humans and has been investigating the Monty Hall paradox.

Professor Hyman's publications include: Hyman, R. (1986). Parapsychological research: A tutorial and critical appraisal. Proceedings of the IEEE, 74, 823-849.

Hyman, R. (1989). The psychology of deception. Annual Review of Psychology, 40, 133-145.

See Ray Hyman's answers to Ask the Scientists questions.


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