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Stumbling in the Dark

Stumbling in the Dark

Peter Suedfeld

As a first-year graduate student at Princeton in 1960, I was invited by Jack A. Vernon to join his research team. Discussing his various interests, he asked if I wanted to take over his sensory deprivation (SD) lab. I only knew two things about SD: It was reputed to be extremely stressful, its effects akin to psychosis; and as a volunteer subject, eager to get $25 for lying on a bed in the dark, soundproof SD chamber and doing nothing for 24 hours, I nevertheless got panicky and quit after only three hours.

When I became the experimenter, I pondered why such negative effects were common: After all, most people spend a fair proportion ...

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