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Hypnotic Depth and Response to Suggestion Under Standardized Conditions and During fMRI Scanning

Oakley, David A., Deeley, Quinton and Halligan, Peter 2007. Hypnotic Depth and Response to Suggestion Under Standardized Conditions and During fMRI Scanning. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 55 (1) , pp. 32-58. 10.1080/00207140600995844

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Hypnosis is a potentially valuable cognitive tool for neuroimaging studies. However, understandable concern that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in particular may adversely affect hypnotic procedures remains. Measurements of hypnotic depth and responsiveness to suggestions were taken using a standardized procedure that met all the requirements for functional MRI (fMRI). Testing outside the scanning environment showed reliable and stable changes in subjective hypnotic depth, with no carryover once the hypnosis had been terminated. Within-subject comparisons showed that the magnitude and pattern of these changes and the degree of responsiveness to hypnotic suggestion were not discernibly affected by the fMRI environment. It is concluded that hypnosis can be employed as a discrete and reliable cognitive tool within fMRI neuroimaging settings.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0020-7144
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:07

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