James Maas is a social psychologist, Professor at Cornell
University, and Stephen H.
. He is best known for his work in the field of sleep
research, specifically the relationship between
sleep and performance. He famously coined the term "power nap
" and wrote the best-selling book
. He holds a B.A. from
Williams College and an M.A. and
Ph.D. from Cornell.
Maas has produced numerous film specials on sleep research for
, and others.
For his teaching, Maas has received the American Psychological
's Distinguished Teaching Award and Cornell's
Clark Award for
For over forty years, he has taught Psychology 101 at Cornell. The
class has achieved a "near-mythical status" and often has an
enrollment of nearly 1600 students, making it one of the largest
classes in the country. The class size requires a large venue,
, the university's concert
hall. Since he began teaching, he has instructed over 50,000