Fantasy

Publication Title: 
Perceptual and Motor Skills

20 male and 20 female undergraduate students were exposed singly for 20 min. to an exotic setting (partial sensory deprivation and weak, bilateral transtemporal pulsed magnetic fields) that enhances relaxation and exotic experiences.

Author(s): 
Persinger, M. A.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

This article describes a general approach entitled Wizard of Oz hypnotherapy for use with 8- to 13-year-old children who are generally difficult to treat because of their intermittent inattentive, impulsive, and oppositional characteristics. We have utilized this approach as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral therapy individually and within a small group format. The Wizard of Oz metaphor is integrated into a hypnotherapy approach designed to facilitate personal problem-solving, improve self-regulation skills, and enhance self-esteem/efficacy.

Author(s): 
Sommers-Flanagan, J.
Sommers-Flanagan, R.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

A Preschool Asthma Program was conducted 4 times for children 2 to 5 years of age and their parent(s). Twenty-five (25) child-parent(s) participated in the 7-session program. Data were collected prior to participation and again one year after completion of classes. Following participation, physician visits for asthma were reduced (p = 0.0013) and parents reported increased confidence in self-management skills. Symptom severity scores improved significantly after participation (p < 0.001).

Author(s): 
Kohen, D. P.
Wynne, E.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Previous research indicated that high-hypnotizable participants reported more primary-process mentation in hypnotic dreams than low-hypnotizable participants instructed to simulate hypnosis. Differences in primary process were not evidenced in response to instructions for a "hidden part" of the participant to report on the hypnotic dream.

Author(s): 
Pinnell, C. M.
Lynn, S. J.
Pinnell, J. P.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

Numerous research projects converge on the conclusion that there are three major types of very good or highly responsive hypnotic subjects: (a) fantasy-prone individuals who have secretly spent much of their time since childhood fantasizing vividly and realistically; (b) amnesia-prone individuals who have developed special abilities for mentally repressing or compartmentalizing undesired memories, thoughts, and emotions; and (c) positively-set individuals who are maximally ready to cooperate, think-with, and imagine what is suggested to the best of their ability while letting go of contrary

Author(s): 
Barber, T. X.
Publication Title: 
Psychoneuroendocrinology

The present study describes the responses of cortisol, prolactin and growth hormone (GH) to emotions elicited during sessions in which an hypnoidal state was induced. The purpose of the study was to provide answers for the following questions: 1) Do sessions with an emotional content have more hormonal surges than baseline, relaxation-only, sessions? 2) Does the induction of a fantasy of pregnancy and nursing elicit a prolactin response? 3) Are there any associations between surges of different hormones?

Author(s): 
Sobrinho, L. G.
Simões, M.
Barbosa, L.
Raposo, J. F.
Pratas, S.
Fernandes, P. L.
Santos, M. A.
Publication Title: 
Consciousness and Cognition

It is the central hypothesis of this paper that the mental states commonly referred to as altered states of consciousness are principally due to transient prefrontal cortex deregulation. Supportive evidence from psychological and neuroscientific studies of dreaming, endurance running, meditation, daydreaming, hypnosis, and various drug-induced states is presented and integrated.

Author(s): 
Dietrich, Arne
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

This paper emphasizes the importance of anecdotes, in conjunction with experimental data and careful clinical observation,for an understanding of hypnosis.

Author(s): 
Perry, Campbell
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

The literature suggests that aspects of hypnotizability may be involved in the etiology and maintenance of self-defeating eating. However, interpretation of the published research findings has been complicated by the use of instruments that appear to have measured different or, at best, only related facets of the underlying constructs. This article reports relationships between weight, shape, dietary concerns, hypnotizability, dissociative capacity, and fantasy proneness.

Author(s): 
Hutchinson-Phillips, Susan
Gow, Kathryn
Jamieson, Graham A.
Publication Title: 
Consciousness and Cognition

A hypnotic induction produces different patterns of spontaneous experiences across individuals. The magnitude and characteristics of these responses covary moderately with hypnotic suggestibility, but also differ within levels of hypnotic suggestibility. This study sought to identify discrete phenomenological profiles in response to a hypnotic induction and assess whether experiential variability among highly suggestible individuals matches the phenomenological profiles predicted by dissociative typological models of high hypnotic suggestibility.

Author(s): 
Terhune, Devin Blair
Cardeña, Etzel

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