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I'm not impressed with this article should I be? One participant?

  1. Oct 25, 2011 #1


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    I'm not impressed with this article... should I be? One participant? Really?


    (Note, the peer-reviewed article was published in PLoS ONE:)

    Sakari Kallio, Jukka Hyönä, Antti Revonsuo, Pilleriin Sikka, Lauri Nummenmaa. The Existence of a Hypnotic State Revealed by Eye Movements. PLoS ONE, 2011; 6 (10): e26374 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0026374

    I'm still a skeptic when it comes to "one word cue" hypnosis.
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  3. Oct 25, 2011 #2


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    Re: Hypnosis

    I've seen two demonstrations of hypnosis in my life. In one, I would say the a-priori likelihood of fakery was low (but not extremely low), in the other case unknown. Both were well within what I could see how they could be faked.

    Despite my uncertainty about exactly what the state is, if it exists, I see a very promising application. The placebo effect is well known and can be powerful, but it relies on belief. It would seem that for suggestible individuals, you could have controlled, maximized placebo effect. Talk about cheap, no side effects medicine!
  4. Oct 26, 2011 #3
    Re: Hypnosis

    You understand the initial hypnosis took some time, and the cue word that would send him back into the hypnotic state was installed during the longer, primary session, right?
  5. Oct 26, 2011 #4


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    Re: Hypnosis

    still skeptical
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