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Lecture 24

PSYC 2650 Lecture Notes - Lecture 24: Hypnotic Susceptibility, Suggestibility, Parafovea

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PSYC 2650
Chris Fiacconi

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Real-world applications
o Description
Hypnosis can be thought of as a state of intense concentration, focus, and
Individuals vary widely in the degree to which they are susceptible to
hypnotic suggestion
Similar in many aspects to meditation, rumination, and prayer- all involve
intense periods of focus
Hypnotic suggestibility is typically assessed using validated protocols-
Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale Form C (SHSS-C)
Protocols are designed to measure how susceptible people are to hypnotic
suggestion, by gradually increasing the complexity of the suggested
behaviours and observing compliance by the participant
o Hypnosis and Control of Attention
1) induction of hypnotic state
2) Provision of suggestion
give a suggestion
3) De-induction of hypnotic state
is there any evidence that the suggestion is effect the person
Can people be hypnotized to believe that words are simply meaningless
symbols? If so, would they fail to show a Stroop effect?
absent group is control group
Is hypnotic induction necessary or would suggestion on its own be
powerful enough to produce a similar effect?
Stroop effect reduced by mere suggestion in the absence of
hypnosis for individuals highly susceptible to hypnotic
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o Biological Underpinnings
Do highly hypnotizable people have a unique brain structure?
Larger rostum means you’re gonna get hypnotized
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