What is a sensory tent? It is a room that has a series of windows that face away from the rest of the room to allow a wide variety of light sources to enter. This allows the room to be more sensory and aware of the outside world. It can be a quiet, dark, or bright room with a window that faces away from the rest of the room.
I know sensory tent rooms aren’t new but they are something I really want to learn more about. I’m sure there are many of you out there who have a sensory tent room of their own and are really enjoying it. I’m sure many of you have sensory tent rooms, so let’s open one up for a night. It’s no problem. We’ll have some food and drinks and then try to figure out what happens to us.
The sensory tent is basically just a room with a sensory device attached. These sensory devices are basically tiny “boxes” with sensors and lights that sit on top of the room. A sensor might be an infra-red (IR) sensor that turns on lights in the room, a thermal (heat) sensor that makes the room warmer by turning on lights, or a color sensor that turns on lights in the room.
But what I find interesting is that the sensory tent isn’t just a way to enjoy sensory experiences. It’s also an experimental form of sensory deprivation. It’s the same idea as when a person goes into a sensory deprivation tank, but instead of being surrounded by water, the person is surrounded by a sensory tent. Instead of getting sensory stimulation from the outside world, you are isolated from the outside world, where the sensory device will be trying to stimulate you.
It’s interesting to me that sensory deprivation is often used as a way to kill (although its also been used as an experimental method of studying consciousness). For instance, there’s the infamous sensory deprivation test where a group of people have their sensory systems physically removed from their bodies and placed in a sensory deprivation tank. After a week, the people are either released, or put back in the tank. For some reason, some people survive the sensory deprivation test and some people don’t.
In the case of sensory deprivation, one would think that the people in the sensory deprivation tank would be much more sensitive to sensory stimuli. After all, they would still be able to perceive, and notice, the difference between a hot chocolate and a cold chocolate. But they arent. After a week of sensory deprivation, the people in the tank become highly sensitive to external stimuli and start picking up a lot of sensory cues from their surroundings.
This is one thing I was surprised to learn about sensory deprivation. In fact, it is one of the most under-explored and under-researched topics out there. In the case of sensory deprivation, one would think that the people in the sensory deprivation tank would be much more sensitive to sensory stimuli. After all, they would still be able to perceive, and notice, the difference between a hot chocolate and a cold chocolate. But they arent.
In sensory deprivation, the senses are literally cut off from the body. So when you can smell a hot chocolate even though you can’t taste it, you know it’s a hot chocolate. When you can see a movie even though you can’t hear it, you know it’s a movie. The same goes for everything. The difference will be in the senses. When you have sensory deprivation as a person, you don’t know the difference between a hot chocolate and a cold chocolate.
The sensory tent is a type of sensory deprivation therapy which involves restricting a person’s physical senses so the brain can function more efficiently. Many sensory deprivation programs are used as a treatment method for everything from ADD to autism. In sensory tent, the senses are restricted to only four senses: smell, taste, touch, and sight. The senses are restricted to only these four so there is no sensory overload. The senses are restricted to these four then you only experience two senses: sight and sound.
You may have seen a couple of those sensory tent ads. Basically, they’re advertisements for all of the senses with a big sensory deprivation banner on top of the ad. They take a bunch of sensory deprivation therapy like sensory deprivation tents and turn it into the most boring video game ever.