Accession Number : AD0738687

Title :   A Comparison of the Effects of Prolonged Sensory Deprivation and Perceptual Deprivation,

Corporate Author : MANITOBA UNIV WINNIPEG

Personal Author(s) : Zubek,J. P. ; Hughes,G. R. ; Shephard,J. M.

Report Date : 09 APR 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of sensory deprivation (SD) and perceptual deprivation (PD), each of 4-days duration, on measures of EEG activity, subjective stress, and on 22 different psychological and somatic symptom areas derived from Myers' post-isolation questionnaire. The results revealed that both SD and PD produced a decrease in occipital alpha frequency, an increased degree of subjective stress, and a higher incidence of 16 of the 22 questionnaire-elicited symptoms. Surprisingly, however, virtually no significant differences were observed between the two experimental conditions, a finding contrary to two current deprivation theories which would predict that PD should produce a greater impairment than SD. It was suggested that these negative results may be related to the shortness of the deprivation period. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *SENSORY DEPRIVATION), PERCEPTION, BEHAVIOR, ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY, PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, CONFINEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE