- Professor, Psychology
- Subliminal Perception and Memory
- Ph.D., Yale University
Matthew Erdelyi was born in Budapest, Hungary, lived in Venezuela for several years, and finally settled in the United States, where he obtained his Ph.D. at Yale. He speaks no language without an accent. He is professor of psychology and the formerly Stern Professor of Humor at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He has pursued experimental and theoretical work on subliminal perception, the recovery of inaccessible memories, and psychodynamics. Along with many articles, he has published two books, Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Cognitive Psychology and The Recovery of Unconscious Memories: Hypermnesia and Reminiscence. Two recent articles are “The Unified Theory of Repression” (2006, in The Behavioral and Brain Sciences) and “The Ups and Downs of Memory” (2010, in the American Psychologist). He is delivering an invited address, “The Interpretation of Dreams, and of Jokes,” at the Association for Psychological Science this May (2012) in Chicago. He has been a visiting scholar at various universities and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford.