Tim Brunson DCH

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Using hypnosis to gain insights into healthy and pathological cognitive functioning



The demonstration that hypnotic suggestion can inhibit word/colour Stroop highlights one of the benefits of using hypnosis to explore cognitive psychology and in particular attentional processes. The compelling results using a rigorous design have particular relevance for the presumed automaticity of some forms of information processing. Moreover the results support the potential that hypnotic suggestion offers for creating clinically informed analogues of relevant psychological and neuropsychological conditions. As with all novel research, the results of Raz and Campbell raise further operational and theoretical questions, relating in this case to the use of hypnotic, post-hypnotic and non-hypnotic suggestion and the utility of existing measures of hypnotizability. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Conscious Cogn. 2010 Feb 24. Oakley DA, Halligan PW. Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK; School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK.

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