Moss, Thelma (1918–1997)
Contemporary parapsychologist and medical psychologist
at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of California
in Los Angeles. Her special interests have included telepathy,
radiation, Kirlian photography, energy fields, and skin vision,
which is akin to eyeless sight.
Moss was a professional actress who left the stage after her
husband’s death. An experience with psychedelic drugs in the
1960s led her into psychology, and after receiving her doctorate
she joined the staff at UCLA. The psychedelic experience
also opened her to parapsychological insights and she began
to experiment. In one early experiment in the relationship of
creativity and psychic ability, she found artists were scoring
higher in ESP ability than her control group.
She visited the USSR to investigate Kirlian photography
and experimented in the field with a modified high-energy
photography system, until it proved a dead end as controls
were tightened. She also investigated a haunted house in Los
Angeles with Gertrude Schmeidler. Moss died February 1,
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
‘‘Interview Thelma S. Moss.’’ Psychic 1, no. 1 (1970).
Moss, Thelma. The Body Electric. New York Jeremy P. Tarcher
Inc., 1979.
———. ‘‘ESP Effects in ‘Artists’ Contrasted with NonArtists.’’
Journal of Parapsychology 33 (1969).
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Moss, Thelma
———. The Probability of the Impossible. New York Dutton
Plume, 1975.

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