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New directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis

Jensen, Mark P; Jamieson, Graham A; Lutz, Antoine; Mazzoni, Giuliana; McGeown, William J; Santarcangelo, Enrica L; Demertzi, Athena; De Pascalis, Vilfredo; Bányai, Éva I; Rominger, Christian; Vuilleumier, Patrik; Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth; Terhune, Devin B


Mark P Jensen

Graham A Jamieson

Antoine Lutz

Giuliana Mazzoni

William J McGeown

Enrica L Santarcangelo

Athena Demertzi

Vilfredo De Pascalis

Éva I Bányai

Christian Rominger

Patrik Vuilleumier

Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville

Devin B Terhune


This article summarizes key advances in hypnosis research during the past two decades, including (i) clinical research supporting the efficacy of hypnosis for managing a number of clinical symptoms and conditions, (ii) research supporting the role of various divisions in the anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices in hypnotic responding, and (iii) an emerging finding that high hypnotic suggestibility is associated with atypical brain connectivity profiles. Key recommendations for a research agenda for the next decade include the recommendations that (i) laboratory hypnosis researchers should strongly consider how they assess hypnotic suggestibility in their studies, (ii) inclusion of study participants who score in the middle range of hypnotic suggestibility, and (iii) use of expanding research designs that more clearly delineate the roles of inductions and specific suggestions. Finally, we make two specific suggestions for helping to move the field forward including (i) the use of data sharing and (ii) redirecting resources away from contrasting state and nonstate positions toward studying (a) the efficacy of hypnotic treatments for clinical conditions influenced by central nervous system processes and (b) the neurophysiological underpinnings of hypnotic phenomena. As we learn more about the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying hypnosis and suggestion, we will strengthen our knowledge of both basic brain functions and a host of different psychological functions.


Jensen, M. P., Jamieson, G. A., Lutz, A., Mazzoni, G., McGeown, W. J., Santarcangelo, E. L., …Terhune, D. B. (2017). New directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 2017(1), Article nix004.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2017
Online Publication Date Apr 12, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 12, 2018
Journal Neuroscience of Consciousness
Print ISSN 2057-2107
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2017
Issue 1
Article Number nix004
Keywords Consciousness; Hypnosis; Hypnotic suggestibility; Hypnotizability
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Contract Date Apr 12, 2017


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