British academic Robert H. Thouless (July 15, 1894 – September 25, 1984) is best known as the author of Straight and Crooked Thinking (1930, 1953), which describes flaws in reasoning and argument.
He was a lecturer in psychology at the universities of Manchester, Glasgow, and Reader in Educational Psychology and Fellow of Corpus Christi College in the University of Cambridge.
He wrote on psychic phenomena, not as an advocate but describing a scientific approach to studying something which is not known with certainty to exist. His own experiments did not confirm the results of J.B. Rhine and he criticised the experimental protocols of previous experimenters. He is credited with introducing the word "psi" as a neutral term for parapsychological phenomena in a 1942 article in the British Journal of Psychology. He served as President of the Society for Psychical Research from 1942 to 1944.
- ^ Thouless, Robert H (1953), Straight and Crooked Thinking, London: Pan Books, retrieved 30 November 2010
- ^ Thouless, Robert H. (1942:July), "Experiments on paranormal guessing", British Journal of Psychology (British Psychological Society) 33 (1): 15–27