Cahn, Harold A(rchambo) (1922– )
A professor of biology who developed an interest in psychical
research. Born July 1, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he
studied at the University of Minnesota (B.A., zoology, psychology),
the University of Wyoming (M.A., zoology, biochemistry),
and the University of Iowa (Ph.D., physiology). In 1962 he
began teaching at Utica College of Syracuse University. He
moved on to Northern Arizona University in 1971.
Cahn gave special attention to parapsychology in relation to
problems of psychophysiology. He collaborated in experiments
with Dr. Joseph Rush on subjects under mescaline narcosis and
in experiments investigating sensory deprivation in relation to
mental imagery. He reported on preliminary investigations of
the Boulder (Colorado) Psychical Research Group at the first
conference of the Parapsychological Association in 1958 and
presented a paper entitled ‘‘Image Subsception as a Method of
Eliciting Psi’’ at the fifth conference of the Parapsychological
Association in 1962.
In later years, Cahn concerned himself with research in such
areas as biosystem characteristics, the abstract structure of biological
organization, circadian rhythms, and physiological correlates
of claimed paranormal phenomena. Cahn has been a
member of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, the Society for Psychical Research (London), the
Parapsychological Association, and the Society for Psychophysiological
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York: Helix Press, 1964.