IT IS the purpose of this paper to demonstrate the potential contributions of a particular experimental technique to an understanding of the emotional aspects of peptic ulcer. The method involved has been elaborated upon previously in a number of papers, both as to theory1-5 and application to various clinical populations.6-9 To date, however, it has not been applied to psychosomatic problems.
Briefly, the technique involves a successive fractionating of the visual perceptual process from lesser to greater exposure times to a given stimulus (in this experiment, the silhouette of a human figure). An attempt is then made to reinforce the stabilized percept ultimately evolving from this stimulus fractionation. Finally, there is gradually introduced into this stabilized percept a second stimulus, complementary in nature, but at the same time somewhat provocative in character (in this experiment, the internal viscera and musculo
Friedman MH, Andersson J. Body-Image Variability in Peptic Ulcer: A Perceptual Experiment With Identical Twins. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(3):334–343. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730210074012
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