The Third Edition of ‘Isolation’ Now Released

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An informative book to be featured at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit

With its first publication in 1964, followed by its second publication in 1972, students, researchers, and laypersons will still find their interest stirred as author Charles A. Brownfield presents Isolation: Effects of Restricted Sensory and Social Environments on Human Beings. Released through Xlibris, this book is the third edition of the informative book, which will surely draw readers to the study of what is now more commonly referred to as Restricted Environmental Stimulation (RES).

Topics like “brainwashing,” false confessions, the “Lenient Policy” of Mao Tse-tung and the manipulation of “students in China’s Revolutionary Colleges and American P.O.W.s in Korean War prison camps, reports of “Cold War” research with subjects in sensory deprivation, polar explorers, ‘round-the-world solitary sailors, castaways, feral children, concepts of “optimal stimulation,” age and psychophysiology, the effects of early lack of social experience on later behavior, motivation, attitude and the context of being isolated or segregated, differential outcomes and a wide variety of other significant issues of loneliness and solitude are encompassed within the scope of this book. More research and clinical developments since the Cold War, including the apparent misconstruing in the Press and popular media of some RES techniques as “torture” (such as Northern Ireland and Guantanamo Bay) and the development of powerful new therapeutic treatments for Mood Disorders and Addictions as well as applications to space travel, vigilance tasks, and enhanced amenability to psychotherapy without heavy reliance on drugs is also reported in this new edition. The author provides an in-depth analysis of many types of isolation including a variety of methods for producing the effects reported in the research literature.

Comments on the First Edition

“A very well written and scholarly presentation which ought to prove valuable to both clinicians and experimentalists." J.P. Chaplin, University of Vermont

“A very interesting and well-written integration of many related areas. Undoubtedly a contribution to the areas concerned." Jack Vernon, Princeton University

“A fascinating and comprehensive study of past development and current state-of-the-art in this area.” Dr. William D. Thompson, Baylor University

“Part I is well written and provides an overview of the subject matter with broad strokes which blend into one another...the book does give a good historical perspective of the development of interest in the effects of isolation.... The bibliography ... is one of the most complete of published bibliographies in this field.” American Journal of Psychiatry

About the Author
Charles A. Brownfield received his academic degrees from Brooklyn College (NY), Western Reserve University (OH), and The Union Graduate School of the Union Institute (OH). He taught psychology at SUNY College at Geneseo (NY), Nassau Community College (NY), and Queensborough Community College of CUNY. He was director of the Community Family Guidance Center, Inc., a non-profit counseling service in Middletown, NJ. He worked as a clinical psychologist at Mendocino State Hospital (CA), and with several institutions of the Corrections Departments of the states of New York, Florida, and New Jersey. He retired in 1995 as a Principal Clinical Psychologist and head of the psychology department at Riverfront State Prison, Camden, NJ. He now lives in Wilmington, DE, and does occasional psychology consulting in New Jersey.

Isolation * by Charles A. Brownfield
Effects of Restricted Sensory and Social Environments on Human Beings
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 195 pages; 978-1-4535-0554-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 195 pages; 978-1-4535-0555-7
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