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SOLO PLIGHT

Solitary confinement makes prisoners behave badly and screws up their brains

BY RAMIN SKIBBA

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THEY LIVE in tiny, austere cages not much larger than their bodies, isolated from their peers. These pitiful lab rats once served merely as control groups for researchers, compared with rodents in more comfortable abodes. But then scientists realized these unfortunate rats could be the perfect model for a bigger, uglier experiment, since their living conditions mimic those of human prisoners in solitary confinement.

Within just a few days, rats isolated in small cages exhibit stress-related symptoms, aggressive behavior and higher incidences of disease, and they begin to lose the ability to recognize other animals. Even their brain cells, synapses, blood low and nervous systems start to be impaired.

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