Accession Number : AD0649956

Title :   BODY AND FIELD PERCEPTUAL DIMENSION AND ALTERED SENSORY ENVIRONMENTS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : DUKE UNIV DURHAM N C MEDICAL CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Cohen,Sanford I.

Report Date : 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : A series of studies was undertaken to explore the relationship of perceptual characteristics of individuals to their response to altered environmental conditions. Differences were noted in personality and integrative neurological dimensions in persons who required different levels of environmental signals to maintain their orientation. Those requiring higher levels were subsequently more influenced by external rather than internal cues in making various types of judgements. The differences in perceptual characteristics (field dependence vs. independence) were associated with differences in central and autonomic nervous system responses to low sensory input environments, insulin induced hypoglycemia, the oral administration of sedative, stimulant and placebo capsules. In addition, difference in the two perceptual groups in peripheral physiological responses during conditional reflex studies suggested that discriminative responses based on sympathetic neurogenic discharge was related to perceptual mode. Relationships were observed between age, perceptual mode, conditional reflex responsivity, personality, characteristics, integrative neurosensory traits and central and autonomic nervous system reactivity. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *SENSORY DEPRIVATION), CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, RESPONSE(BIOLOGY), CONDITIONED RESPONSE, SPACE PERCEPTION, PERSONALITY, PERCEPTION, PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, BEHAVIOR, ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY, MOTOR REACTIONS, PSYCHOTROPIC AGENTS, GALVANIC SKIN RESPONSE

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE