Saturday, 12 June 2010

Fourth year. Sleep deprivation (I'm reposting this since the link to the video is no longer available)

Peter Tripp was a radio DJ from the mid 1950s. In 1959 he took part in an experiment of sleep deprivation. For much of the wakeathon, he sat in a glass booth in Times Square. This is his the first part of his story



Are these statements TRUE or FALSE?

1. Peter Tripp had decided to raise money to give to the radio.
2. People thought he could only stay awake for two or three days.
3. Dr Louis Jolly West tried to convince Tripp's employers to give up
the experiment.
4. Dr Jolly West knew well what the effects of sleep deprivations were.
5. Scientits in the late 50s wanted to try new experiments on sleep deprivation.
6. Tripp was absolutely determined to go ahead with the experiment.
7. Dr West accepted to be a consultant because he didn't want to waste the money
involved.
8. When Tripp started the experiment he decided to work 4 hours a day.
9. The consultants had to make sure Mr Tripp was always awake.
10. After three days Mr Tripp cheated successfully.
11. After the third day he became very aggressive.
12. When his body temperature lowered he became lethargic.
13. He had a hallucination and run away into the street.
15. The doctors found out that the hallucinations corresponded to the dream phase of sleep.

16. Mr Tripp's brain was behaving has if he was dreaming while awake.
17.He was unable to carry on with the radio programme.
18. On the night before the end of the experiment everybody wanted him to stop.
19. He started thinking he was someone else.
20. The doctors found out that his brain worked as if he was asleep.
21. His wife thought he was perfectly normal after the experiment.


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