Stuart Appelle received his PhD in Experimental Psychology from George Washington University in 1972. He has held teaching or research positions at George Washington University, Mount Vernon College, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (Department of Pediatrics).
Appelle is currently professor of psychology at SUNY Brockport. A former chairman of the Department of Psychology, he has also served as interim dean of the School of Letters and Sciences. He now serves as associate dean of the School of Letters and Sciences, and as director of Brockport's graduate program in Liberal Studies, for which he teaches a course called The Science of Consciousness.
Professor Appelle's research has focused on visual and tactual perception, and in particular on object orientation. He introduced the concept of the oblique effect, a construct that is routinely presented in perception textbooks, and broadly cited in the research literature. He is author of more than 40 articles and book chapters, more than 80 entries in the reference text Engineering Data Compendium: Human Perception and Performance, and has presented papers at more than 20 professional meetings. He is an active member of nine professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
In addition to Professor Appelle's interests in normal perception and consciousness, he has also studied anomalous perception, including hypnotic experience, and reports of unidentified flying objects and alien abduction. His work and commentary on these subjects has appeared in publications of the American Psychological Association, the University Press of Kansas, and the internationally recognized journal, Science. He has also been featured in the local and regional media, and in a nationally televised documentary. This work brings scientific psychology to a lay audience, and issues of general public interest to a scientific audience.