Hallucinating oyster shells
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
How extreme isolatin warps the mind - By Michael Bond
14 May 2014 BBC Futures
In 2008, clinical psychologist Ian Robbins recreated Donald Hebb’s experiment in collaboration with the BBC, isolating six volunteers for 48 hours in sound-proofed rooms in a former nuclear bunker. The results were similar. The volunteers suffered anxiety, extreme emotions, paranoia and significant deterioration in their mental functioning.
They also hallucinated: a heap of 5,000 empty oyster shells; a snake; zebras; tiny cars; the room taking off; mosquitoes; fighter planes buzzing around.