Hypnosis: Developments in Research and New Perspectives

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Erika Fromm, Ronald E. Shor
Transaction Publishers, 2009 - Psychology - 793 pages
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This thorough revision of the fi rst edition, updates andexpands, with 25 percent new material, what was generallyrecognized as a major survey of contemporary scientificresearch in hypnosis. In this edition, also a classic, the editorsinclude three new essays in modern hypnosis studies.They also provide a new conceptual framework--cognitive,ego-psychological, and phenomenological--withwhich to examine hypnosis.

This edition is divided into six sections--Th eoreticaland Historical Perspectives, New Th eories, Surveys ofBroad Areas, Lines of Individual Research, IndividualResearches within Specifi c Areas, and Anticipations forFuture Research. The entire book was completely revisedin the light of additional research since publication of theoriginal edition. Thirteen of the twenty chapters in the firstedition were updated by their authors, six so extensivelythat they amount to new chapters, with changes in titleand order of authors in the case of coauthored chapters.

Hypnosis: Developments in Research and New Perspectivesis intended for researchers in hypnosis and clinicalpractitioners in medicine and psychology. The focus, asindicated by the changed subtitle, is on developmentssince publication of the original editions: empirical studies,experiments with physiological indicators of hypnosis,and theoretical uses associated with use of hypnosis as aresearch tool. Altogether, this second edition is a valuableoverall guide to an intriguing topic.

Erika Fromm (1909-2003) was professoremeritus of psychology at the University ofChicago; she was president of the AmericanBoard of Psychological Hypnosis, andthe clinical editor of the InternationalJournal of Clinical and ExperimentalHypnosis and associate editor of The Bulletinof the British Society of Experimentaland Clinical Hypnosis. She was also pastpresident of the American PsychologicalAssociation psychological hypnosis division, Society for Clinicaland Experimental Hypnosis, and American Board of PsychologicalHypnosis.

Ronald E. Shor was professor of psychologyat the University of New Hampshire and vice-chairman of theEducation and Research Foundation of the American Societyof Clinical Hypnosis.


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Underlying Theoretical Issues An Introduction
The Fundamental Problem in Hypnosis Research as Viewed from Historic Perspectives
New Theories
Divided Consciousness in Hypnosis The Implications of the Hidden Observer
The Nature of Hypnosis and Other Altered States of Consciousness An Ego Psychological Theory
A Phenomonological Method for the Measurement of Variables Important to an Understanding of the Nature of Hypnosis
Surveys of Broad Areas
Hypnosis and Sleep Techniques for Exploring Cognitive Activity During Sleep
Hypnotic Programming Techniques in Psychological Experiments
Imaginative and SensoryAffective Involvements in Everyday Life and in Hypnosis
On the Simulating Subject as a QuasiControl Group in Hypnosis Research What Why and How
Measuring the Depth of an Altered State of Consciousness with Particular Reference to SelfReport Scales of Hypnotic Depth
Individual Research within Specific Areas
Humanistic Aspects of Hypnotic Communication
Hypnosis and Adaptive Regression An EgoPsychological Inquiry
The Wish to Cooperate and the Temptation to Submit The Hypnotized Subjects Dilemma

Hypnosis as a Research Method
Suggested Hypnotic Behavior The Trance Paradigm Versus an Alternative Paradigm
Hypnosis and Psychophysiological Outcomes
Hypnotic Amnesia
Hypnosis and Creativity A Theoretical and Empirical Rapprochement
Hypnosis and the Processes of Imagination
Lines of Individual Research
The Effects of Neutral Hypnosis on Conditioned Responses Implications for Hypnosis as Relaxation
Hypnosis as a Means of Studying Cognitive and Behavioral Control
Anticipations for Future Research
Quo Vadis Hypnosis? Predictions of Future Trends in Hypnosis Research
Author Index
Subject Index

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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. She was also past president of the American Psychological Association psychological hypnosis division, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and American Board of Psychological Hypnosis.

Ronald E. Shor was 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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