HypnosisAndSuggestion.org was created by Dr Matthew Whalley in 2007. Dr Whalley studied hypnosis with Professor David Oakley at the Hypnosis Unit in the Department of Psychology, University College London, and was awarded his Ph.D in 2004. The title of his thesis was 'The psychology and neuroanatomy of functional pain'. He currently works as a clinical psychologist in private practice and is the director of Psychology Tools which publishes CBT worksheets and resources.
Dr Whalley founded HypnosisAndSuggestion because he was discouraged by how unrepresented and misrepresented the science hypnosis was on the internet. When the site was launched in 2007 the best resource for people seriously interested in hypnosis was the (now sadly defunct) database of scientific papers at hypnosis-research.org. The aim of HypnosisAndSuggestion was to provide accurate and accessible summaries of clinical and research applications of hypnosis. Dr Whalley's particular research focus was the use of neuroimaging to study hypnosis and suggestion but the site attempts to cover any investigations using hypnosis. 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.
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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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