Total Isolation


Five excerpts from the BBC Horizon documentary:  Total Isolation.
The story is told around a recreation of a psychological experiement in which volunteers enter total isolation for a period. This was the first time that original experiment  was repeated – deemed unethical by university ethics boards.

So how come if university ethics boards deem it unethical to isolate people in eth name of research its deemed ok by some hospital boards to isolate people in the name of “treatment”?

Be it a sinister form of totalitarian newspeak or pathetic attempt at recoverywashing, in some facilities isolation chambers are now being labelled “personal reflection” rooms.
Titter ye not – because we kid you not.

48 hrs of total isolation

the volunteeers begin to hallucinate –

48 hours are up

volunteers emerge from the bunker

former inmate on his isolation on death row

From BBC:
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.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/tx/isolation/

From BBC:
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.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/tx/isolation/

From BBC:
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.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/tx/isolation/

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3 Responses to Total Isolation

  1. Loreen Lee says:

    EXCELLENT POSTING!!!!

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