Hypnosis has ‘real’ brain effect


This is an article about a HullUniversity study published in “Consciousness and Cognition” on ten people who were “highly suggestible” and seven who weren’t. I had to look around a bit to find more details. Apparently their brains were scanned with an fMRI scanner which is probably not the most neutral environment, a bit like crawling into a tin can and then having elves with hammers beating away on the outside. Not that I’ve ever had an fMRI. It’s just my fantasy version, which is cheaper, of course.

The researchers first tested students for their ability to respond to a range of hypnotic suggestions, including suggestions to see a cat that was not there, to hear non-existent music, and to forget what had happened to them during the hypnotic session. They then invited subjects who could respond to these suggestions, and some that could not, to have their brains examined in an fMRI scanner while under hypnosis. Hypnosis altered anterior brain activity only in those subjects who were able to respond to suggestions. These are the people who may be termed “highly suggestible”.

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The above with respect and thanks to Hypnotherapist Jack Raymond.

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