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December 1963

Exploratory Study of Drugs and Social Interaction

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):566-574. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180038006

Background of the Study  The development of sensitive and relevant measures of behavioral changes in relation to drug administration is crucial to the advancement of theoretical knowledge and therapeutic efficacy in the area. Exploration of the relationship between drug administration and social behaviors in small groups presents complex problems of contingent variables. However, it offers on a gross level objective measures of behavioral changes of the individual in a social situation and on a more subtle level measures of alterations in group processes associated with drug administration. Further, such research can draw upon a variety of concepts and techniques developed by social psychologists working in the small group area. In the present exploratory study, the Bales Interaction Process Analysis technique2 is used to examine alterations in individual and group behaviors in a continuing four-person group with sequential administration of a powerful, short-acting