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Acting as if You are Hypnotized. Maggie Schedl and Shiori Tomatsu. Clearing A Few Things Up About Hypnosis. Common beliefs: mysterious, powerful, control minds, going under trance Reality: increased motivation to perform tasks No trances or altered states!. History.

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Acting as if you are hypnotized

Acting as if You are Hypnotized

Maggie Schedl and Shiori Tomatsu


Clearing a few things up about hypnosis

Clearing A Few Things Up About Hypnosis

  • Common beliefs: mysterious, powerful, control minds, going under trance

  • Reality: increased motivation to perform tasks

  • No trances or altered states!


History

History

  • 1733-1815: Franz Anton Mesmer

    -soft music, dim lights, creepy guy in sorcerer clothes, and iron rods

    -Success?

    Others include: Freud, Ernest Hilgard

    -Nicholas Spanos: “hypnosis” buster


Why we think hypnosis is an altered state of mind

Why We Think Hypnosis Is An Altered State of Mind

  • Involuntary action, outside force

  • Creates expectations which subjects want to be consistent with

  • Wording: “your arm is very light and is rising” vs. “raise your arm”

  • We get too absorbed into process


Spanos experiments

Spanos Experiments

  • Experiment 1: Lecture about hypnosis

  • Experiment 2: Visual Imagery under hypnosis

  • Experiment 3: Insensitivity to pain- analgesia effect

    Results: Hypnotic behavior not caused by altered state of consciousness


Key points

Key Points

  • Intention to cooperate with hypnotist and expectation to be able to do so

  • Both assumptions help hypnosis work

  • Not an altered state of consciousness!!


Hypnosis today

Hypnosis Today

  • Still useful method of helping people improve problems in life

  • Use of hypnosis for memory/proof of crime


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