Has anyone on DTV been Hypnotized and if so what was your experiences?
Not getting sleepy? Brain scans may reveal why some can’t be hypnotized
Oct. 5, 2012
Courtesy of Stanford University Medical Center
and World Science staff
Not everyone can be hypnotized, and a new study shows how the brains of such people differ from those who can easily be.
Researchers found that in people who couldn’t be hypnotized, brain cell networks associated with executive control on the one hand, and attention on the other showed less activity and less tendency to interconnect.
The study, published in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, employed brain scanning techniques known as functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging.
“There’s never been a brain signature of being hypnotized, and we’re on the verge of identifying one,” said David Spiegel, the paper’s senior author, a psychiatrist who directs the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. Such an advance would help scientists better understand the mechanisms of hypnosis and its usefulness in medicine, he added.
Spiegel estimates that a fourth of patients he sees can’t be hypnotized, though this characteristic isn’t linked to any specific personality trait. Hypnosis is described as a trance-like state during which a person has a heightened focus and concentration. It has been shown to help with brain control over sensation and behavior, and has been used to help patients manage pain, control stress and anxiety and combat phobias, Spiegel said. Hypnosis works by modulating activity in brain regions associated with focused attention, he added.
Altered “functional connectivity” among nerve cells in two areas of the brain may “underlie hypnotizability,” the researchers wrote in their paper. These areas are called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex.
Spiegel and colleagues performed scans of the brains of 12 adults with high hypnotizability and 12 with low hypnotizability. The researchers looked at the activity of three different networks in the brain: the “default-mode” network, used when one’s brain is idle; the “executive-control network,” involved in making decisions; and the “salience network,” which is involved in deciding something is more important than something else.
Both groups had an active default-mode network, but highly hypnotizable participants showed greater co-activation between components of the executive-control network and the salience network, Spiegel said. More specifically, in the brains of the highly hypnotizable group the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an executive-control region of the brain, appeared to be activated in tandem with the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, which is part of the salience network and plays a role in focusing of attention. By contrast, little functional connectivity was found between these two areas of the brain in those with low hypnotizability.
Spiegel said he was pleased to find such clear results. “The brain is complicated, people are complicated, and it was surprising we were able to get such a clear signature,” he explained.
He added that the work confirms hypnotizability is less about personality than cognitive style. “We’re seeing a neural trait,” he said. The authors’ next step is to further explore how these functional networks change during hypnosis. Spiegel and his team have recruited high- and low-hypnotizable patients for another study during which scans will be assessed during hypnotic states.
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I died twice on the operating table, they managed to bring me back, and it was then i experienced my first out of body, a couple of years later i started experiencing out of body, and i thought i was going mad.
I went to see this registered hypnotist after i had written him a letter, and he hypnotised me to investigate how i was achieving this.
My first experience of out of body (With him) my whole body jumped, and there i was staring down at my body, i looked about the room, saw him the hypnotist, and proceed to walk through the door, and i walked about the building.
All the while the hypnotist was talking to me about what i could see, i amazed him by going into a restricted area.
To cut a long story short he trained me how to hypnotise myself.
Well that's my story.