Accession Number : AD0664940

Title :   MODIFICATION OF STRESS RESPONSES TO COLD AND ELECTRIC SHOCK: THE USE OF AUTOHYPNOTIC TECHNIQUES.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. 1 Jul 65-31 May 67,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

Personal Author(s) : London,Perry ; McDevitt,Ronald A.

Report Date : OCT 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 101

Abstract : This project was undertaken to determine the usefulness of autohypnotic training for overcoming the debilitating effects of stress on performance and physiological processes. The experiment was performed on 64 male volunteers, one-half high in hypnotic susceptibility and one-half low. Each subject then went through three experimental sessions, one without stress and two with stress, in each of which he was given two performance tasks and monitored on eight physiological measures. Cold (35C) and electric shock (15 second average interval) were used as the stressors. After the non-stress and first stress sessions, the subjects in the experimental group received 6 hours of autohypnotic training, oriented toward enabling them to function optimally under stress without excessive discomfort. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIR FORCE TRAINING, HYPNOSIS), (*HYPNOSIS, *STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY)), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), HEAT, PERCEPTION, PHYSIOLOGY, SHOCK(PATHOLOGY), ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), MILITARY MEDICINE, TOLERANCES(PHYSIOLOGY), TABLES(DATA), VOLTAGE

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE