Cleve Backster
Primary Perception & Biocommunication:

Cleve Backster is a polygraph scientist best known for his discovery of “primary perception” stemming from his experiments in biocommunication with plant and animal cells. Backster began using a Galvanic Skin Response portion of a lie detector, to measure response capability in plants in 1966. The results of such experiments have since been widely termed the “Backster Effect” and have been most famously discussed in “The Secret Life of Plants” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. Included in the psychobotany exhibition are documentation and instruments from Backster’s experimentation over the years as well as his recently released (2003) book, “Primary Perception”.