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Hypnosis

A Hypnotic Suggestion Can Generate True and Automatic Hallucinations

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A multidisciplinary group of researchers from Finland (University of Turku and University of Helsinki) and Sweden (University of Skövde) has now found evidence that hypnotic suggestion can modify processing of a targeted stimulus before it reaches consciousness.

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The Existence of a Hypnotic State Revealed by Eye Movements

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"Does a hypnotized person enter a special hypnotic state that is completely outside the range of normal mental states and cognition?"

http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0026374

A Commentary on the ‘Christos’ Technique

The Christos Technique was written about by Gerald Glaskin in 1974. It is a set of relaxation and visualisation exercises (not unlike hypnosis) that can produce a variety of altered states, but most notably, Glaskin found it effective for exploring past lives.

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Dr. Helen Wambach and Reincarnation

Dr. Helen Wambach (Ph.D.) was one of the earliest scientific researchers into past lives and reincaration. She was the author of Reliving Past Lives and Life Before Life (both published in 1978 by Bantam paperback books). The updated Reliving Past Lives: The Evidence Under Hypnosis was published in 1984. Mass Dreams of the Future was published by Chet Snow in 1993 after her death was based on her research.

Initially motivated by a desire to debunk reincarnation, beginning in the mid-1960s, Helen Wambach conducted a 10-year survey of past-life recalls under hypnosis among 1,088 subjects.

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Hypnotism 'speeds up cancer op recovery and cuts chance of it returning'

Hypnotising women undergoing breast cancer surgery could speed their recovery and reduce the odds of the disease returning, experts believe.

They say using a combination of hypnotism and local anaesthetic to put patients under also allows quicker discharge from hospital and leaves patients more satisfied overall.

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Hypnosurgery Live. (2006)

Mutual hypnosis - research on empathy

Considering the importance of the state of consciousness known as empathy, it's surprising how little scientific research has been devoted to understanding it. Mutual hypnosis is a shared altered state that might prove to be a valuable probe for exploring the nature of empathy. It's also a strange and provocative thing to think about.

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Stress and Sleep Talking

Sleep talking, formally known as somniloquy, is a type of parasomnia, or sleep disorder, that involves talking during sleep without being aware of it. Sleep talking can occur during any stage of sleep, but it has been found that the lighter the sleep, the more understandable the speech.

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Hypnosis Reaches the Parts that Brain Scans and Neurosurgery Cannot

Whenever AR sees a face, her thoughts are bathed in colour and each identity triggers its own rich hue that shines across her mind's eye. This experience is a type of synaesthesia which, for about one in every 100 people, automatically blends the senses. Some people taste words, others see sounds, but AR experiences colour with every face she sees. But on this occasion, perhaps for the first time in her life, a face is just a face. No colours, no rich hues, no internal lights.

If the experience is novel for AR, it is equally new to science because no one had suspected that synaesthesia could be reversed.

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