According to the previous links, handshake hypnosis (something what Brown is doing) has been pioneered by Erickson, a respectable psychologist.Has Brown ever been tested under controlled conditions, or do we only have youtube videos and tv shows?
Here is a Scientific American take on hypnosis. An interesting read:
Also Hypnotherapy is used often alleviate certain pains:Using hypnosis, scientists have temporarily created hallucinations, compulsions, certain types of memory loss, false memories, and delusions in the laboratory so that these phenomena can be studied in a controlled environment.
what are the medical benefits of hypnosis? A 1996 National Institutes of Health technology assessment panel judged hypnosis to be an effective intervention for alleviating pain from cancer and other chronic conditions. Voluminous clinical studies also indicate that hypnosis can reduce the acute pain experienced by patients undergoing burn-wound debridement, children enduring bone marrow aspirations and women in labor. A meta-analysis published in a recent special issue of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, for example, found that hypnotic suggestions relieved the pain of 75 percent of 933 subjects participating in 27 different experiments. The pain-relieving effect of hypnosis is often substantial, and in a few cases the degree of relief matches or exceeds that provided by morphine.
Here is Steve G Jones, a hypnotherapist that uses these technique to help people overcome their fears. He explains how handshake hypnosis works:
Here is an actual demo:you may think this the subject is faking it but this is a real effect.
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