I have several Cd's with saved data on this subject. But the site lists the links with solid information. I try not to use questionable sources. Links come and go on the Internet so that much of my saved information is no longer available to new readers.
I have had communication from a degree candidate in Australia. She used my site to supply ideas for her thesis on [b:9cdc9285e7]Subliminal Distraction[/b:9cdc9285e7]. I have been promised a copy. If things workout she may allow publication.
Subliminal Distraction is the term she used. Her communication was that there is little available anywhere on this subject.
While I do not see conspiracy in the history of this phenomenon she thought the design community had some responsibility for the closely held information.
I view this as more of an accident of history.
A previous email exchange I had with a PhD in psychology disputed visual Subliminal Distraction. He understood Subliminal Distraction to be auditory input while attempting to concentrate. But hearing is sensory adaptable. The stimulus would decrease if the sensor cells chemically deplete. You may only find auditory references on-line.
[b:9cdc9285e7]I can tell you where you will not find information.[/b:9cdc9285e7] A volunteer, working in field of neurology, on another forum recently ran all the terms through the APA database trying to help me. He could find nothing.
The two significant links as I view this history are the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and a PubMed article that repeats that information. If readers do not have paid access the abstract is available free at the link below. It contains the conclusion.
This was the first time operant conditioning was determined to be able to cause a serious mental condition. Note that the second article determines that the condition was definitely related to being a lumberjack in a cold weather area.
That is the basis for my statement concerning packing men into camp-houses or bunkhouses.
Those investigators could not find the source of that operant conditioning. The discovery of the source would only come in the 1960's. Still the psychologists did not understand what they had found. They believed that the office environment and close-spacing were necessary. They understood the outcome to be pseudo-psychosis that resolved quickly with no treatment.
That information was given on a magazine TV show I saw a small part of it and found two people who viewed the whole show. We all thought the show was 20/20 but a search of 20/20 transcript subject titles does not have it.
These links are on-site if they fail to work here. (Culture Bound Syndromes and Cause of Psychotic Mental Illness)
The 1960's discovery involved Herman Miller Inc and Steelcase. There may have been others. I plan to do library research soon. I am disabled and my wife's mental condition limits my outside activities.
I am attempting to narrow the time window for the publication of any article written as a result of that discovery. That would help me since my available time to stand up and walk around is limited. (unstable spine) This was work-for-hire rather than research for academic or medical purposes. There may be little published information available. I now suspect it was only reported as a news article in engineering and design journals.
My computer instructor had heard of the discovery when we discussed this in class forty years ago. It was published somewhere.
The basics were fully explained in a psychology lecture in about 1990. I found my psychology instructor now a Ph.D in Child Development. She remembered me but not the Psychophysics lecture. (My site was not up at that time.)
[b:9cdc9285e7]Research:[/b:9cdc9285e7] The phenomenon produces a psychotic episode. I believe it would be impossible to get approval to do subject research. I am unaware of anyone who has done direct on-point research.
There are research projects on some of the behaviors the phenomenon probably causes, ICU Psychosis. I have responses from university medical centers indicating their interest.
Harvard Med is doing Qi Gong research. I have been unable to contact anyone there.
Herman Miller Inc. and Steelcase Will not comment. I have even pretended to be a customer wanting information on Cubicle Level Protection. Someone else may have better luck.
Anyone is welcome to jump in and write their own articles. I would appreciate a note so I can link to your work.