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    THIS ARTICLE IS FROM: http://nanopatentsandinnovations.blogspot.com/ Evidence For The Existence Of A Hypnotic State Found Researchers have found evidence for
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      http://nanopatentsandinnovations.blogspot.com/
      Evidence For The Existence Of A Hypnotic State Found
      Researchers have found evidence for the existence of a hypnotic state -- the key was in the glazed staring eyes

      A multidisciplinary group of researchers from
      Finland (University of Turku and Aalto University)
      and Sweden (University of Skövde) has found that
      strange stare may be a key that can eventually
      lead to a solution to this long debate about
      the existence of a hypnotic state.

      One of the most widely known features of a hypnotized
      person in the popular culture is a glazed, wide-open
      look in the eyes. Paradoxically, this sign has not
      been considered to have any major importance among
      researchers and has never been studied in any detail,
      probably due to the fact that it can be seen in only
      some hypnotized people.

      This study was done with a very highly hypnotizable
      participant who can be hypnotized and dehypnotized
      by just using a one-word cue. The change between
      hypnotic state and normal state can thus be varied
      in seconds.

      The researchers used high-resolution eye-tracking
      methodology and presented a set of well-established
      oculomotor tasks that trigger automatic eye behavior.
      They found the glazed stare was accompanied by
      objectively measurable changes in automatic,
      reflexive eye behavior that could not be imitated
      by non-hypnotized participants.

      In the field of hypnosis research this result means
      that hypnosis can no longer be regarded as mental
      imagery that takes place during a totally normal
      waking state of consciousness. On the other hand,
      the result may have wider consequences for psychology
      and cognitive neuroscience, since it provides the
      first evidence of the existence of a conscious state
      in humans that has previously not been scientifically
      confirmed.

      Hypnosis has had a long and controversial history
      in psychology, psychiatry and neurology. For over
      100 years researchers have debated if a special hypnotic
      state exists or whether it is just about using
      cognitive strategies and mental imagery in a normal
      waking state. So far, a hypnotic state has never
      been convincingly demonstrated, and therefore,
      many researchers regard the hypnotic state to be
      just a popular myth in psychology.


      Contacts and sources:
      Sakari Kallio
      Academy of Finland

      University of Skövde / University of Turk

      The results were published in the journal PLoS ONE 24.10.2011.
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