Accession Number:

AD0731532

Title:

Temporal Changes in Cutaneous Sensitivity during Prolonged Visual Deprivation,

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Corporate Author:

MANITOBA UNIV WINNIPEG

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Report Date:

1971-01-15

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Two experiments were conducted in which various measures of cutaneous sensitivity were administered at intervals of 0. 12, 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 days of visual deprivation darkness. Relative to control subjects, the results revealed no significant differences in performance on the two-point threshold and on measures of pressure and pain sensitivity, although on the last two measures a definite trend toward an improvement was observed after the third day. On the other hand, the results on the tactual fusion threshold revealed a linear improvement in performance as a function of increasing duration to a statistically significant degree, at the first test period - 12 hours. A third experiment indicated that this improvement on the tactual fusion task first appeared somewhere between 4 and 12 hours of deprivation. Various hypotheses are offered to account for these differential results and the findings were related to Schultzs 1965 sensoristatic theory. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE