Advances in hypnosis research

Methods, designs and contributions of intrinsic and instrumental hypnosis

Rochelle E. Cox*, Richard A. Bryant

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Hypnosis researchers, in their continuing struggle for scientific recognition, have always been concerned about methodological techniques to convince people about the genuineness of hypnotic effects; this has been considered as a fundamental problem as hypnosis is essentially a private experience. However, this article states, the ongoing need for hypnosis researchers to be meticulous about methodology has contributed to the development of rigorous hypnotic paradigms that are consistent with contemporary scientific methods and that have both influenced and been influenced by the broader discipline of psychology. This chapter focuses on a range of experimental techniques as opposed to clinical methods. It presents some core concepts associated with hypnosis research and describes foundational research that addresses the evolving concepts. Apart from reviewing areas of current research that illustrate the core concepts in research, the article also discusses new techniques and identifies major challenges for future research in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Practice
EditorsMichael R. Nash, Amanda J. Barnier
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743733
ISBN (Print)9780198570097
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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    Cox, R. E., & Bryant, R. A. (2008). Advances in hypnosis research: Methods, designs and contributions of intrinsic and instrumental hypnosis. In M. R. Nash, & A. J. Barnier (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis: Theory, Research, and Practice (1 ed., pp. 311-336). New York: Oxford University Press.