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Russ Hurlburt

Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Russ Hurlburt is a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota in 1976.

Hurlburt explores inner experience — thoughts, feelings, sensations, and so on. 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, he was one of the first to use beepers in psychological research and was a creator of the “thought sampling” method. Hurlburt considers the understanding of inner experience to be a fundamental task of psychology, and has written five books and many articles exploring how best to investigate experience. He has explored the experience of a variety of people: adults and adolescents both with and without diagnoses such as bulimia, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality, and Asperger’s syndrome. He is open to exploring any individual, group, method, or activity that may expand our understanding of inner experience.

Topic Series


Investigating Pristine Inner Experience: Moments of Truth

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Describing Inner Experience?: Proponent Meets Skeptic (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology)

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