Accession Number : AD0677758

Title :   PARAMETERS OF HYPNOSIS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO POSTHYPNOTIC AMNESIA AND HYPNOTIC ANALGESIA.

Descriptive Note : Final scientific rept. 1 Oct 64-30 Sep 68,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Hilgard,Ernest R.

Report Date : 15 OCT 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Spontaneous amnesia following hypnotic induction, commonly reported in the lore of hypnosis, proved to be very rare, and may thus be the result of the subject's expectations or of the hypnotist's nonverbal suggestions. Suggested amnesia is readily demonstrated, and is correlated with hypnotic susceptibility. The special kind of amnesia known as source amnesia, in which something learned under hypnosis is remembered, while the fact that it was learned under hypnosis is forgotten, was found to occur both spontaneously and as a result of special suggestion. Pain was readily reduced under hypnotic analgesia suggestions, the amount of reduction corresponding to measured hypnotic susceptibility. Blood pressure rose with pain in the waking state, but continued to rise in the cold pressor response even though pain was absent, although it did not rise in the ischemic experiment when pain was absent. This somewhat paradoxical finding remains to be explained. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*HYPNOSIS, THRESHOLDS(PHYSIOLOGY)), PAIN, PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, BLOOD PRESSURE, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE