Russell T. Hurlburt

Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Thoughts, Feelings, Emotions, Sensations

Biography

Russell Hulburt’s research is centered around inner experience, which includes thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

He is the originator of the Descriptive Experience Sampling method, which uses random beepers and intensive interviews to provide qualitative, idiographic descriptions of inner experience. In the 1970s, Hurlburt was one of the first to use beepers in psychological research and was a creator of the "thought sampling" method.

He believes that the understanding of inner experience is a fundamental task of psychology. He also has researched the experience of adults and adolescents with and without diagnoses such as bulimia, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality, and Asperger's syndrome.

His work has been published in numerous academic articles and journals including the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Investigating pristine inner experience: Moments of truth, and Describing inner experience? Proponent meets skeptic.

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of South Dakota

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Russell T. Hurlburt In The News

New Scientist
Most of us have a voice inside our heads and it can be caring, supportive, negative or critical. Learning to control this internal monologue could help you cope with daily stress
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Language is one of the most defining abilities of our species. After all, human beings are true communication artists and we have developed hundreds of languages ​​to be able to express everything we want and our feelings to our equivalents.
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Humans have been expressing language in the mind for hundreds or even thousands of years. However, can humans think without words in their heads?
Live Science
Humans have been expressing thoughts with language for tens (or perhaps hundreds) of thousands of years. It's a hallmark of our species — so much so that scientists once speculated that the capacity for language was the key difference between us and other animals. And we've been wondering about each other's thoughts for as long as we could talk about them.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

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