Van de Castle, Robert L(eon) (1927– )
Clinical psychologist and parapsychologist. He was born on
November 16, 1927, at Rochester, New York, and studied at
Syracuse University (B.A., 1951), the University of Missouri
(M.A., 1953), and the University of North Carolina (Ph.D.,
1959). While in North Carolina he was a research associate at
the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University (1954–55).
Following graduation in 1959 he joined the faculty in psychology
at the University of Denver where he remained until he became
the director of the Sleep and Dream Laboratory at the
University of Virginia in 1967. He is now a psychologist at the
Blue Ridge Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.
While in Denver he did research with members of the Cuna
tribe as part of research on whether people from a nontechnological
society would score significantly on ESP tests. He
went on to conduct dream research with Calvin Itall at the Institute
of Dream Research in Miami, publishing a joint work The
Content Analysis of Dreams (1966). He also studied personality
correlates in extrasensory perception and psychokinesis, and
conducted experiments relating psychological tests to extrasensory
ability, on grants from the Parapsychology Foundation.
He was a charter member of the Parapsychological Association,
since 1969 a council member, and was elected its president
in 1970.
Sources
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Van de Castle, Robert L. ‘‘Development and Validation of
a Perceptual Maturity Scale Using Figure Preferences.’’ Journal
of Consultative Psychology 29 (1965).
———. ‘‘An Exploratory Study of Some Personality Correlates
Associated with PK Performance.’’ Journal of the American
Society for Psychical Research 52 (1958).
———. ‘‘The Facilitation of ESP Through Hypnosis.’’ American
Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 12 (1969).
———. ‘‘An Investigation of Psi Abilities Among the Cuna
Indians of Panama.’’ Journal of Parapsychology 38 (June 1974).
———. Our Dreaming Mind. New York Ballantine, 1995.
———. ‘‘Psi Abilities in Primitive Groups.’’ Proceedings of
the Parapsychological Association 7 (1970).