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Suppression through acoustics
Author(s): Kevin D. Beck; Kenneth R. Short; Kirsten M. VanMeenen; Richard J. Servatius
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews research conducted by our laboratory exploring the possible use of acoustical stimuli as a tool for influencing behavior. Over the course of several programs, different types of acoustic stimuli have been evaluated for their effectiveness in disrupting targeting, balance, and high-order cognitive processes in both humans and animals. Escape responses are of particular use in this regard. An escape response serves not only as an objective measure of aversion, but as a potential substitute for ongoing behavior. We have also assessed whether the level of performance changes if the individual does not perform an escape response. In general these studies have both suggested certain types of sounds are more aversive or distracting than others. Although the laboratory development of additional stimuli needs to continue, we are taking the next step by testing some of the more effective stimuli in more applied experimental scenarios including those involving group dynamics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6219, Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons, 62190I (26 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666328
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Kevin D. Beck, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (United States)
Kenneth R. Short, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Kirsten M. VanMeenen, Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (United States)
Richard J. Servatius, VA New Jersey Health Care System (United States)
Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6219:
Enabling Technologies and Design of Nonlethal Weapons
Glenn T. Shwaery; John G. Blitch; Carlton Land, Editor(s)

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