Arhtur Reber Picture

Phone: 360.945.5075

Broeklundian Professor, Emeritus


Born in Philadelphia, PA (March 11, 1940). Taught at the University of British Columbia, Canada (1966-70), Fulbright Professor, University of Innsbruck, Austria (1977-78), Visiting Professor, University of Wales, Bangor, Bangor Wales, UK (1994-95). Broeklundian Professor since 1998.

B.A., 1961, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., 1965, Brown University
Ph.D., 1967, Brown University

After nearly a half-century of empirical work on implicit learning and related topics, I retired in 2005 and closed down the lab. Since then my research has been in collaboration with colleagues and former students and has explored a variety of issues including sports psychology, mechanisms in cell biology, a novel theoretical model of gambling, critiques of parapsychology, the philosophy of social science, and most recently, the evolutionary foundations of consciousness.

Recent publications:
Litman, L. & Reber, A. S. (2005). Implicit and explicit thought. In K. J. Holyoak & R. G. Morrison (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of thinking and reasoning.New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kercel, S. W., Manges, W. W. & Reber, A. S. (2005). Some radical entailments of Paul Bach-y-Rita’s discoveries. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 4, 551-565.

Weiss, S. M., Reber, A. S., & Owen, D. R. (2007). The locus of focus: The effect of switching from a preferred to a non-preferred focus of attention. Journal of Sports Sciences, 26, 1049-1057.

Reber, A. S. (2008). Learning. In D. L. Schacter, D. Gilbert & D. Wegner, Introductory Psychology. NY: Bedford, Freeman & Worth.

Reber, A. S., Allen, R. & Reber, E. S. (2009). Dictionary of Psychology (4th Ed.). New York and London: Penguin Books, Ltd.

Reber, A. S. (2010). Musing on Brooksian representationalism: A eulogy. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 382-385.

Reber, A. S. (2011). An epitaph for grammar. In C. Sanz & R. P. Loew (Eds.), Implicit and explicit language learning. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Weiss, S. M. & Reber, A. S. (2012). Curing the dreaded “Steve Blass” disease. Journal of Sports Psychology in Action, 3, 171-181.

Reber, A. S. (2012). The EVF Model of Gambling: A novel framework for understanding gambling and, by extension, poker. Gaming Research and Review Journal, 16, 63-80.

Collins, H & Reber, A. S. (2013). Ships that pass in the night: Tacit knowledge in psychology and sociology. Philosophia Scientiae, 17, 3-22.

Reber, A. S. (2015). Preface to Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages. P. Rebuschat (Ed.). London: Benjamins Press.

Reber, A. S. (2016). Caterpillars, consciousness and the origins of mind. Animal Sentience, 11(1).

Reber, A. S. (2016). Resolving the Hard Problem and calling for a small miracle: Response to Commentary on Reber on Caterpillars and the Origins of Consciousness. Animal Sentience, 11(9).

Reber, A. S. (2017). To identify all the relevant factors is to explain feeling. Animal Sentience 11(14).

Reber, A. S. (2017). What if all animals are sentient. Animal Sentience, 16(6).

Reber, A. S. (2018). Sentient plants? Nervous Minds? Animal Sentience, 11(17).

Reber, A. S. (2018). The First Minds: Caterpillars, 'Karyotes, and Consciousness. NY: Oxford University Press.
Baluska, F. & Reber, A. S. (forthcoming). Sentience and consciousness in single cells: How the first minds emerged in unicellular species (BioEssays).

Reber, A. S. & Alcock, J. (forthcoming). Parapsychology's ongoing struggles to justify itself (American Psychologist.