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May 1963

Studies in Sensory Deprivation

Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School, Associate Research Psychiatrist, Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan (Dr. Pollard); Research Psychologist, Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan (Dr. Uhr); Assistant Research Psychologist, Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan, Staff Clinical Psychologist, Veterans Administration Hospital, Dearborn, Mich (Dr. Jackson).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(5):435-454. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720110011003

It is approximately ten years since the original experiments in sensory deprivation were begun at McGill University.,3 By July, 1961, very considerable interest in this research technique had been reflected by the appearance of more than 125 papers.23 A review of the literature reveals that the technique used to produce sensory deprivation has been varied from water immersion to the use of a simulated space cabin. Research interests have included basic theoretical formulations and applied application recognizing that sensory deprivation conditions do exist naturally and possibly will do so more frequently in the future.

When this original program for "Studies in Sensory Deprivation" was devised in 1959, it was certainly generally accepted from the results of studies elsewhere that if healthy normal people were placed for varying lengths of time in situations where there was reduced stimulation, the various phenomena

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