Total Isolation

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For the first time in 40 years, Horizon re-creates a controversial sensory deprivation experiment. Six ordinary people are taken to a nuclear bunker and left alone for 48 hours. Three subjects are left alone in dark, sound-proofed rooms, while the other three are given goggles and foam cuffs, while white noise is piped into their ears.

The original experiments carried out in the 1950s and 60s by leading psychologist Prof Donald Hebb, was thought by many in the North American political and scientific establishment to be too cruel and were discontinued.

Prof Ian Robbins, head of trauma psychology at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, has been treating some of the British Guantanamo detainees and the victims of torture who come to the UK from across the world. Now he evaluates the volunteers as their brains undergo strange alterations.

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  • Nic

    Yazoo! I had you pegged all wrong, meditation guy. <3 <3

  • Ashiya Mizuki

    Deym. This is so much of awesomeness.

  • Johayver Tantao Ampaso

    nice, this is our topic in e.p.

  • button man

    stupid only 48 hours god ive done 10 days solitary in jail these findings are false you need real time lol what a joke i would do this any day to get paid

    • Dustin

      Solitary confinement is different from sensory deprivation. Solitary confinement causes physiological changes associated with loneliness, while sensory deprivation robs the brain of signals necessary for normal functioning.

    • Guest

      thought your username was bottom man

      it gave a whole new meaning to the jail reference.

    • Em

      How ignorant can you be? You literally can’t see, hear or feel anything with sensory deprivation. As mentioned before, that’s considerably different from solitary confinement.

      • mark

        what do you expect form some prison low life?

  • KM

    Nice :) this is our topic in Values/E.P

  • hancamaso

    Nice This is Our topic In ESP

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