Brain scans show real effects of hypnosis

Harley Street Hypnotherapy Clinic - 19 November 2009

The effects of hypnosis can be seen on brain scans, says a team of English researchers.

The researchers found that hypnotised volunteers had decreased activity in the parts of the brain associated with daydreaming or allowing the mind to wander. But the same effect wasn't seen in the control group, those people who weren't susceptible to being hypnotised, says the study that appears in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.

"This shows that the changes were due to hypnosis and not just simple relaxation.  Our study shows hypnosis is real," said study leader Dr William McGeown, a lecturer in the department of psychology at Hull University. The findings show that hypnosis can work by "priming" a person to respond more effectively to suggestions.

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