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sensory deprivation

noun, Psychiatry.
the experimental or natural reduction of environmental stimuli, as by physical isolation or loss of eyesight, often leading to cognitive, perceptual, or behavioral changes, as disorientation, delusions, or panic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sensory deprivation
  • Twenty-first century aviation is an exercise in sensory deprivation.
  • The soundtrack is a silence so deep you could be in a sensory deprivation chamber.
  • He appears to confuse the womb with an isolation or sensory deprivation tank.
  • Aside from these distractions, sensory deprivation inside the chamber was absolute.
  • Better results seemed to come from sensory deprivation and solitary confinement.
  • Instead, researchers have used brain imaging to study plasticity resulting from natural sensory deprivation in people.
  • When he was once taken to a dentist, his eyes and ears were covered to maintain the sensory deprivation.
  • If there is a plus side to her sensory deprivation, it might be lack of temptation.
British Dictionary definitions for sensory deprivation

sensory deprivation

(psychol) an experimental situation in which all stimulation is cut off from the sensory receptors
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sensory deprivation in Medicine

sensory deprivation n.
The reduction or absence of usual external stimuli or perceptual opportunities, commonly resulting in psychological distress and sometimes in unpleasant hallucinations.

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sensory deprivation in Culture

sensory deprivation definition

A natural or experimentally arranged situation in which stimulation of a subject's senses is greatly reduced. Experiments have included floating subjects in soundproof water chambers. Though short periods of sensory deprivation can be relaxing, extended deprivation can result in extreme anxiety, hallucinations, bizarre thoughts, depression, and antisocial behavior. Sensory deprivation experiments have demonstrated that humans need constant sensory contact with their environment in order to function.

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