Robert Ornstein
Home Page
Biographical Informatiom
Awards & Honors
Books & Publications
Tick Research
Dr Ornstein began his research career on the problem of how we experience time. His theory, which has been used in hundreds of experiments, is that we judge intervals by the size of the information in storage about that interval. This means that judged time can collapse and expand due to future events. His PhD thesis was made into a book, On The Experience Of Time, which outlines the theory and several experiments.

Next was an analysis of some of the "psychologies" of the East, and he pointed out many similarities between the two kinds of psychology. Both, for instance, emphasize that the world of perception of a representation of the real world is in some senses an illusion. Techniques for overcoming some of these illusions are the subject of the books On The Psychology of Meditation, The Psychology of Consciousness and The Evolution of Consciousness.

Robert Ornstein is best known, however, for his research and theorizing on the two sides of the brain. Following Roger Sperry's pioneering demonstrations of the split-brain, he devised a way to show that normal people, doing normal things like writing a letter and visualizing in space, selectively turn on and off their two sides of the brain. The experiments involved putting electrodes on both halves of the scalp and comparing the power of the alpha waves during these tasks. Once done, this unleashed literally thousands of studies using this technique and, then, newer devices such as PET Scans and MRI. Some of this work is presented in The Psychology of Consciousness, The Evolution of Consciousness and The Nature of Human Consciousness.

Newest Publications:
With Paul R. Ehrlich
Available Now!

A project under the direction of Robert Ornstein with contributions from associates of The Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge.

"The future depends on how we understand who we are, and how the past has made us so: what is unchanging about Human Nature, and what we CAN and MUST change to face a world that is far different from our ancestors'". From the Introduction,

The All About Me is a series of books to help young people understand themselves and how we all, as a human beings, work. This is fundamental information, but we often forget to teach students about it in school. The series provides an all-inclusive program designed to meet the American Psychological Association's National Standards for Psychology at the high school level, the standards established for the College Board AP Psychology course, and the National Board Standards for Science/Adolescent and Young Adulthood. Focused on the mind, each text provides a set of lessons and various activities that teach sophisticated brain research in an accessible and interesting way. Edited by Robert Ornstein and Denise Nessel, with a Foreword by Robert Ornstein.

For more information please visit:
Updated December 15, 2010