Clinical and Experimental Restricted Environmental Stimulation

New Developments and Perspectives

  • Arreed F. Barabasz
  • Marianne Barabasz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ernest R. Hilgard
      Pages 1-2
  3. New Theoretical Developments and Perspectives for Clinical Practice

    1. Roderick Borrie
      Pages 21-27
    2. Gary Steel, Peter Suedfeld
      Pages 29-39
  4. Sensory Restriction and Hypnotizability

  5. Enhancement of Performance

  6. Stress Management

    1. Charles Brownfield
      Pages 101-111
    2. Arreed Barabasz, Marianne Barabasz, Rebecca Dyer, Noël Rather
      Pages 113-120
  7. Treatment of Habit Disorders

    1. Rebecca Dyer, Arreed Barabasz, Marianne Barabasz
      Pages 127-144
    2. Marianne Barabasz, Arreed Barabasz
      Pages 145-155
    3. Marianne Barabasz, Arreed Barabasz, Rebecca Dyer
      Pages 163-173
  8. Psychophysiological Effects

  9. Biological Effects

    1. John Turner Jr., Thomas Fine
      Pages 215-222
    2. John Turner Jr., William Gerard, John Hyland, Pamela Nieland, Thomas Fine
      Pages 239-247
    3. John Turner Jr., Harmony Shroeder, Thomas Fine
      Pages 261-267
  10. Treatment of Physical Dysfunctions and Psychological Disorders

    1. John Harrison, Arreed Barabasz
      Pages 269-279
    2. Roderick Borrie, James Dana, Sandra Perry, Martin Friedman
      Pages 289-295
    3. John Turner Jr., Anna DeLeon, Cathy Gibson, Thomas Fine
      Pages 297-306
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 307-336

About this book


A dozen years ago, Peter Suedfeld introduced the world to the term "REST' to describe the modern technique or therapy involving Restricted Environmental Stimulation. At the time, REST was still equated with "sensory deprivation". Textbooks in psychology and psychiatry cited primarily the work of the 1950s and 60s which suggested that reduction of normal levels of stimulation was, in a sense, a form of torture producing severe psychological disturbances and subjugation of the hapless participant to the whims of an experimenter working in the service of a sinister government. In contrast to this perception, other psychologists and psychiatrists held the unsubstantiated belief that apparent REST effects were merely the result of awe inspiring experimental settings and subject expectancies. Suedfeld was not persuaded by either of these unscientific positions. He (Suedfeld, 1980) argued that REST, when stripped of anxiety producing melodrama, was simply a powerful way to positively alter a variety of psychological and behavioral processes. Research continued. More and more data were published and presented. Research scientists and clinicians began to correct misconceptions. The First International Conference on REST was held in 1983 and IRIS, the International REST Investigators Society, was founded that same year. REST has outlived misconstrued perceptions. The beneficial effects of the technique are now recognized in the majority of scientific texts.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Arreed F. Barabasz
    • 1
  • Marianne Barabasz
    • 1
  1. 1.Attentional Processes LaboratoryWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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