A Neo-Dissociation Conceptualization of REST
Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) research demonstrates a wide range of powerful effects but lacks a single compelling theoretical explanation. Sensory deprivation research, beginning in the 1950s explored how monotonous or reduced environmental stimulation affects various aspects of an individual’s abilities, cognitions, attitudes and awareness. Since Hebb (1961) and his associates Bexton, Heron, and Scott began experimentally studying the effects of sensory deprivation on human subjects, numerous effects have been reported. Many of these findings appear to be conflicting. The diversified and contradictory nature of these results made it difficult to develop an underlying conceptual framework which would explain this wide range of data.
KeywordsProcessing System Environmental Stimulation Sensory Deprivation Internal Stimulus Dissociative State
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