An Experimental Study Of Sleep; (from The Physiological Laboratory Of The Harvard Medical School…

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byBoris Sidis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909. Excerpt: ... Chapter X Experiments on Children THE experiments on animals were followed by experiments on children. The subjects were of different ages ranging from infants a few days old, to children twelve and thirteen years of age. It is well known that children usually fall asleep more easily than adults; they sleep longer and also more soundly. This is specially the case with young children and particularly with infants. We know that an infant passes most of its time in sleep, when it does not eat. We should expect therefore that the material would readily lend itself to our present purpose of experimentation,--to the induction of sleep-states. Now as a matter of fact, I find that in a number of my cases dealing with children it is no difficult task to put them to sleep, or to induce some form of subwaking state, hypnoidal or other closely allied to it. The child easily falls into a subwaking hypnoidal state which may either pass into hypnosis or into sleep. When trying to put children to sleep I have often obtained a hypnotic condition and on the other hand when attempting to put my little patients into a hypnotic state I have only succeeded in putting them to sleep. Before going, however, into either the hypnotic or sleep-state, I observed by close examination the presence of the hypnoidal state induced under the conditions of monotony and limitation of voluntary movements. Since limitation of the voluntary activity, limitation of the field of consciousness and inhibition all help to a greater monotony, we may characterize the whole set of conditions requisite for the induction of sleep as the conditions of monotony. In children and especially in infants voluntary activity and the field of consciousness are undeveloped and limited, we should expect that the chi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909. Excerpt: ... Chapter X Experiments on Children THE experiments on animals were followed by experiments on children. The subjects were of di...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:38 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217679862

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