HypnosisAndSuggestion.org was created by Dr Matthew Whalley in 2007. I studied hypnosis with Professor David Oakley at the Hypnosis Unit in the Department of Psychology, University College London. I was awarded my Ph.D in 2004 and the title of my thesis was 'The psychology and neuroanatomy of functional pain'. I subsequently trained as a clinical psychologist and currently work in private practice and am also the director of Psychology Tools which publishes CBT worksheets and resources.
I developed the website because I was discouraged by how the science of hypnosis was misrepresented on the internet. When I launched it in 2007 the best resource for people seriously interested in hypnosis was the (now defunct) database of scientific papers at hypnosis-research.org. Sadly, I don't think anything has really taken its place. Nowadays I don't really get any time to maintain the site other than to perform security updates. I wince a bit when I re-read some of the rather opinionated takes on topics, but I'll leave it online as a reminder that practice (hopefully) makes me a better writer.
From time to time I think about open-sourcing the site, or registering it as a charity/non-profit - ideally as a place for hypnosis academics to collaboratively develop something useful. If anyone has any concrete ideas then do get in touch.
Any clinical information on this website is intended to complement, not to replace, formal medical advice.
A number of researchers and clinicians have been kind enough to translate the site into multiple languages. My sincere thanks to:
Dr Yann Cojan of the Laboratory of Neurology & Imaging of Cognition (University of Geneva) for providing the French translation of this site.
Dr Nidal Moughrabi for providing the German translation of this site.
Przemyslaw Ksiazek for providing the Polish translation of this site.
Beirong Liu for providing the Chinese translation of this site.
Contact & feedback
Use mail [at] matthewwhalley.com to contact me
What is hypnosis?
Definitions of hypnosis
Types of suggestion
Scientific theories of hypnosis
History of hypnosis
Key people in hypnosis
States of consciousness
Modification of suggestibility
Attention and hypnosis
Hypnosis as a research tool
Genes and hypnotizability
What is hypnotherapy?
Is it effective?
Finding a therapist
Irritable bowel syndrome
Hypnosis research papers
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