Hypnosis: Developments in Research and New Perspectives

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Erika Fromm, Ronald Edwin Shor
AldineTransaction, 1972 - Psychology - 793 pages
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Although research and practice in hypnosis has seen un- precedented expansion, there has been a lack of inclusive and comprehensive surveys to aid the student and researcher. This collection written by leading experimental investigators is the first work to offer a current state-of-the-art in hypnosis research. A compendium of the historical background, theories, issues, and trends in hypnosis, this volume represents all major experimental viewpoints while providing a virtual "who's who" in the field of hypnosis.

The book establishes the current theoretical base of the field and reviews the historical background. Seventeen contributions focus directly on key aspects of present-day hypnosis research. These contributions are organized as surveys of broad topic areas, descriptions in depth of individual investigator's programmatic lines of research, and reports on research within specific areas, especially those representing new viewpoints and holding promise for programmatic development. A final chapter develops questions for future research.

This book presents many new ideas while updating established positions in research and theory. The vital areas covered in connection with hypnosis include: psychophysiology, creativity, dreams, imagination, suggestibility, simulator controls, cognitive activity, and ego-psychological theory. In addition, there are chapters on hypnosis as a research method, the measurement of altered states of consciousness, and hypnotic programming techniques in psychological experiments. "Hypnosis: Research Developments and Perspectives" is written for researchers in hypnosis and clinical practitioners in medicine and psychology. The book will serve as a basic text in all courses in hypnosis at the graduate level.

Erika Fromm (1909-2003) was professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Chicago; she was president of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, and the clinical editor of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and associate editor of The Bulletin of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis. Ronald E. Shor is associate professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire and vice-chairman of the Education and Research Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

 

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Contents

Underlying Theoretical Issues An Introduction
3
The Fundamental Problem in Hypnosis Research as Viewed from Historic Perspectives
15
NEW THEORIES
43
Divided Consciousness in Hypnosis The Implications of the Hidden Observer
45
The Nature of Hypnosis and Other Altered States of Consciousness An Ego Psychological Theory
81
A Phenomonological Method for the Measurement of Variables Important to an Understanding of the Nature of Hypnosis
105
SURVEYS OF BROAD AREAS
137
Hypnosis and Sleep Techniques for Exploring Cognitive Activity During Sleep
139
Hypnotic Programming Techniques in Psychological Experiments
457
Imaginative and SensoryAffective Involvements in Everyday Life and in Hypnosis
483
On the Simulating Subject as a QuasiControl Group in Hypnosis Research What Why and How
519
Measuring the Depth of an Altered State of Consciousness with Particular Reference to SelfReport Scales of Hypnotic Depth
567
INDIVIDUAL RESEARCHES WITHIN SPECIFIC AREAS
603
Humanistic Aspects of Hypnotic Communication
605
Hypnosis and Adaptive Regression An EgoPsychological Inquiry
619
The Wish to Cooperate and the Temptation to Submit The Hypnotized Subjects Dilemma
637

Hypnosis as a Research Method
185
Suggested Hypnotic Behavior The Trance Paradigm Versus an Alternative Paradigm
217
Hypnosis and Psychophysiological Outcomes
273
Hypnotic Amnesia
305
Hypnosis and Creativity A Theoretical and Empirical Rapprochement
351
Hypnosis and the Processes of Imagination
381
LINES OF INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH
413
The Effects of Neutral Hypnosis on Conditioned Responses Implications for Hypnosis as Relaxation
415
Hypnosis as a Means of Studying Cognitive and Behavioral Control
649
ANTICIPATIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH
685
Quo Vadis Hypnosis? Predictions of Future Trends in Hypnosis Research
687
BIBLIOGRAPHY
705
AUTHOR INDEX
773
SUBJECT INDEX
785
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