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Hypnosis and memory: two hundred years of adventures and still going!

Mazzoni, Giuliana; Laurence, Jean-Roch; Heap, Michael


Giuliana Mazzoni

Jean-Roch Laurence

Michael Heap


One of the most persistent beliefs about hypnosis is its ability to transcend mnemonic abilities. This belief has paved the way to the use of hypnosis in the clinical and legal arenas. The authors review the phenomena of hypnotic hypermnesia, pseudo-memories, and amnesia in light of current knowledge of hypnosis and memory. The investigation of the relation between hypnosis and memory processes has played an important role in our understanding of memory in action. Hypnosis provides a fertile field to explore the social, neuropsychological, and cognitive variables at play when individuals are asked to remember or to forget their past. We suggest promising avenues of research that may further our knowledge of the building blocks of memories and the mechanisms that leads to forgetfulness.


Mazzoni, G., Laurence, J.-R., & Heap, M. (in press). Hypnosis and memory: two hundred years of adventures and still going!. Psychology of consciousness theory, research, and practice, 1(2), 153-167.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 9, 2014
Deposit Date Apr 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 28, 2015
Journal Psychology of consciousness
Print ISSN 2326-5523
Electronic ISSN 2326-5531
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 2
Pages 153-167
Keywords Autobiographical memory, Clinical analogs, False memory, Hypnosis, Posthypnotic amnesia.
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Additional Information This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Contract Date Apr 28, 2015


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