Hypnosis and the brain

Arreed F. Barabasz and Marianne Barabasz

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Hypnosis and the brain

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As a result of new sophisticated neurophysiological techniques and technologies, the understanding of the neurological foundations of the hypnotic state has been greatly extended. And the sophistication in brain response measurement has moved well beyond what most researchers in the field in 1992 ever imagined might someday be possible. This article presents current experimentally controlled research findings in language understandable to hypnosis researchers and clinicians whose expertise lies outside neurophysiology. It particularly summarizes the articles presented in the April and July 2003 special issues of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, as well as additional significant studies that have appeared in the literature since then. To have a good understanding of the data from the critically important articles, this article clarifies some common misunderstandings that have plagued the study of hypnosis and the brain. It further describes modern brain imaging techniques too.

Keywords: neurophysiology; neurophysiological techniques; International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis; brain imaging techniques; physiological responses

Article.  17623 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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