Kahn, S. David (1929– )
Psychiatrist who wrote on experimental parapsychology.
His interest in the psychic dated from his youth, his family having
been friends of seer Edgar Cayce. Kahn was born on February
15, 1929, in New York City. He studied at Harvard University
(B.A., 1950; M.D., 1954), during which time he made his
first experiments in parapsychology, overcoming resistence
from behaviorist B. F. Skinner. In the years immediately after
his graduation he worked with Eileen Garrett and finally persuaded
her to fund an experimental laboratory at her Parapsychology
In 1960 Kahn was appointed senior psychiatrist at Montefiore
Hospital, New York. He continued writing about parapsychology
into the 1980s. He became a member of the Parapsychology
Association and served on the board of the American
Society for Psychical Research for many years until he retired
in 1988.
Kahn, S. David. ‘‘Ave Atque Vale Gardner Murphy.’’ Journal
of the American Society for Psychical Research 74 (1980).
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Kahn, S. David
———. ‘‘The Enigma of Psi A Challenge for Scientific
Method.’’ Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research
(July 1962).
———. ‘‘Extrasensory Perception and Friendly Interpersonal
Relations.’’ In Explorations in Altruistic Love and Behavior,
edited by Pitirim A. Sorokin. N.p., 1950.
———. ‘‘A Mechanical Scoring Technique for Testing GESP
[General Extrasensory Perception].’’ Journal of Parapsychology
13, no. 3 (1949).
———. ‘‘Studies in Extrasensory Perception Experiments
Utilizing an Electronic Scoring Device.’’ Proceedings of the
American Society for Psychical Research 25 (October 1952).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Pratt, J. G. ‘‘A Review of Kahn’s ‘Studies in Extrasensory
Perception.’&43’’ Journal of Parapsychology 17 (1953).