Hypnotic Conflict: A Brief Report

David Mallard, Richard A. Bryant

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Two studies investigated management of conflict in hypnosis by subtly increasing the brightness of a visual stimulus during a suggestion for hypnotic blindness to the stimulus. In Study 1, 23 high hypnotizable participants were administered a hypnotic suggestion for blindness to a projected light. For half the participants, the brightness of the light was intensified during the suggestion. Behavioral ratings and online analog-dial measurement indicated that participants reported decreased hypnotic blindness during the increased conflict condition. In Study 2, 20 participants were administered the non-experimental procedure to investigate the impact of demand characteristics in this paradigm. Parallel findings in Studies 1 and 2 indicated that demand characteristics may explain the response to hypnotic conflict. Limitations in applying the non-experimental procedure to this paradigm and the need for further investigation are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-302
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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