• Psychologists, doctors, dentists, and other professionals use hypnosis every day
  • Scientists use hypnosis as a research tool to understand how the mind works
  • It is an evidence-based treatment for a variety of conditions including pain
Recently published hypnosis research

New directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis (2017)

Mark P. Jensen, Graham A. Jamieson, Antoine Lutz, Giuliana Mazzoni, William J. McGeown, Enrica L. Santarcangelo, Athena Demertzi, Vilfredo De Pascalis, Eva I. Banyai, Christian Rominger, Patrik Vuilleumier, Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville, Devin B. Terhune

Neuroscience of Consciousness (2017) 3 (1): nix004.

This article summarizes key advances in hypnosis research during the past two decades, including (i) clinical research supporting the efficacy of hypnosis for managing a number of clinical symptoms and conditions, (ii) research supp...

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Improving working memory performance in brain-injured patients using hypnotic suggestion (2017)

Jonas K. Lindeløv, Rikke Overgaard, Morten Overgaard

Brain (2017) 140 (4): 1100-1106.

Working memory impairment is prevalent in brain injured patients across lesion aetiologies and severities. Unfortunately, rehabilitation efforts for this impairment have hitherto yielded small or no effects. Here we show in a randomized actively controlled trial that working memory performance can be effectively restored by suggesting to hypnotized patients that they have regained their pre-injury level of working memory functioning. Following four 1-h sessions, 27 ...

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Physical therapy under hypnosis for the treatment of patients with type 1 complex regional pain syndrome of the hand and wrist: Retrospective study of 20 cases (2017)

J. Lebon, M. Rongiéres, C. Apredoaei, S. Declaux, P. Mansat

Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation, in press

Type 1 complex regional painful syndrome (CRPS-1) has a complex physiopathology. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapy under hypnotherapy to treat this condition. Twenty patients with CRPS-1 at the wrist and hand were evaluated retrospectively: 13 women and 7 men with an average age of 56 years (34–75). Thirteen patients were in the inflammatory pha...

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Hypnosis and top-down regulation of consciousness (2017)

Devin B. Terhune, Axel Cleeremans, Amir Raz, & Steven Jay Lynn

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, in press

Hypnosis is a unique form of top-down regulation in which verbal suggestions are capable of eliciting pronounced changes in a multitude of psychological phenomena. Hypnotic suggestion has been widely used both as a technique for studying basic science questions regarding human consciousness but also as a method for targeting a range of symptoms within a therapeutic context. Here we provide a synthesis of current knowledge regarding the characteristics and neurocognitive mechanis...

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Hypnopraxia, a new hypnotic technique for hypnoanesthesia (2017)

Nicolas Droueta, Guy Chedeau

Journal of Clinical Anesthesia

Various hypnotic techniques are used in anesthesia, either on their own or as adjuncts. A new hypnotic technique, hypnopraxia, was tested in 5 patients undergoing various procedures (4 colonoscopies, 1 inguinal hernia repair, and 1 transobturator tape procedure). The patients were accompanied throughout the procedure by an anesthetist trained in hypnoanesthesia and hypnopraxia. Initially developed for use in hypnotherapy, the accompaniment with hypnopraxia relied on the closeness of the link between the anestheti...

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