What is Hypnosis (Scientific Explanation)?

What is Hypnosis?

By tape-recording the eye motions and comparing them individuals not under hypnosis, researchers have actually discovered evidence that hypnosis involves a heightened state of awareness and focus sometimes referred to as a “Modified State of Consciousness”!

The scientific description of hypnosis has actually avoided scientists for centuries. There is no doubt that individuals can be hypnotized, but nobody understands exactly how this occurs.

When a client is under hypnosis, they can typically imagine detailed visualizations and are open to suggestions and ideas.

The hypnotherapist might plan to help them stop craving cigarettes, have them remember a memory or listen to music that isn’t actually playing. If no instructions are provided, a hypnotized individual will be in a calm state, just like that associated with meditation and will come out of the hypnotic state when they are ready.

Brain Activity

Researchers have actually discovered a method to measure and show there is a state of heightened awareness, by monitoring the eye motions of hypnotized subjects.

Hypnotists believe there is a change in brain activity which alters a person’s state of awareness. It is difficult to prove this however as the brain’s electrical activity will vary substantially from moment to moment during its normal state.

The eyes tell the story

Utilizing three different visual tests, they discovered that while hypnotized, a female subject’s pupils became smaller and she blinked more slowly and up to ten times less often.

Measurements of electrical activity in the subject’s brain also indicated something changed. In three different experiments, researchers found changes they would not expect in a normal brain.

More recent studies are revealing more remarkable proof that there are substantial modifications taking place throughout hypnosis. Decreased brain activity and an overall decrease in stress and anxiety. Work continues in these fields and as more advanced devices appear increasingly more evidence will be collected to reveal the amazing results that can be accomplished with hypnosis.

It was observed that the connections in between the frontal location and the rest of the brain were decreased substantially when the subject was hypnotized. Previously this condition was observed only during sleep.

When focussing her eyes on a new position on a screen, the eyes moved in short jumps, instead of smoothly. While watching a series of moving bars, her eyes made fewer and slower movements back and forth. People have little conscious control over these type of reactions, leading them to consider they were genuine distinctions coming directly from the subconscious.

When a client is under hypnosis, they can normally visualize intricate scenes and are open to recommendations. They also discovered under hypnosis the left or right hemisphere of the brain became more dominant, depending on whether the client was left or right handed. While a bit trickier to interpret, recorded brain measurements support the concept that something very significant special takes place in the mind during hypnosis.

Work continues in these fields and as more sophisticated devices become available more and more proof will be collected to reveal the amazing outcomes that can be attained with hypnosis.

By Allan Curtis

Certified Professional Hypnotist

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