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New directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis (2017)
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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), doi:10.1093/nc/nix004

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... Read More about New directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis.

Aging and the number sense: preserved basic non-symbolic numerical processing and enhanced basic symbolic processing (2015)
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Norris, J. E., McGeown, W. J., Guerrini, C., & Castronovo, J. (2015). Aging and the number sense: preserved basic non-symbolic numerical processing and enhanced basic symbolic processing. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00999

© 2015 Norris, McGeown, Guerrini and Castronovo. Aging often leads to general cognitive decline in domains such as memory and attention. The effect of aging on numerical cognition, particularly on foundational numerical skills known as the number sen... Read More about Aging and the number sense: preserved basic non-symbolic numerical processing and enhanced basic symbolic processing.

Awareness and confabulation (2014)
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Shanks, M. F., McGeown, W. J., Guerrini, C., & Venneri, A. (2014). Awareness and confabulation. Neuropsychology, 28(3), 406-414. https://doi.org/10.1037/neu0000031

Objective: A single case study with control and normative data of a 74-year-old retired businessman with amnestic mild cognitive impairment, who had spontaneous confabulations concerning fantastic exploits and magical powers as well as déjà vécu expe... Read More about Awareness and confabulation.

Neuroimaging resolution of the altered state hypothesis (2012)
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Mazzoni, G., Venneri, A., McGeown, W. J., & Kirsch, I. (2013). Neuroimaging resolution of the altered state hypothesis. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 49(2), (400-410). doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2012.08.005. ISSN 0010-9452

A controversy in the field of hypnosis has centered on the question of whether there is a uniquely hypnotic state of consciousness and, if so, whether it is causally related to responsiveness to suggestion. Evidence from brain imaging studies has bee... Read More about Neuroimaging resolution of the altered state hypothesis.

Suggested visual hallucination without hypnosis enhances activity in visual areas of the brain (2012)
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McGeown, W. J., Venneri, A., Kirsch, I., Nocetti, L., Roberts, K., Foan, L., & Mazzoni, G. (2012). Suggested visual hallucination without hypnosis enhances activity in visual areas of the brain. Consciousness and cognition, 21(1), (100-116). doi:10.1016/j.concog.2011.10.015. ISSN 1053-8100

This functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study investigated high and low suggestible people responding to two visual hallucination suggestions with and without a hypnotic induction. Participants in the study were asked to see color while loo... Read More about Suggested visual hallucination without hypnosis enhances activity in visual areas of the brain.

Hypnotic induction decreases anterior default mode activity (2009)
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McGeown, W. J., Mazzoni, G., Venneri, A., & Kirsch, I. (2009). Hypnotic induction decreases anterior default mode activity. Consciousness and cognition, 18(4), 848-855. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2009.09.001

The 'default mode' network refers to cortical areas that are active in the absence of goal-directed activity. In previous studies, decreased activity in the 'default mode' has always been associated with increased activation in task-relevant areas. W... Read More about Hypnotic induction decreases anterior default mode activity.

Patterns of brain activity during a semantic task differentiate normal aging from early Alzheimer's disease (2009)
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McGeown, W. J., Shanks, M. F., Forbes-McKay, K. E., & Venneri, A. (2009). Patterns of brain activity during a semantic task differentiate normal aging from early Alzheimer's disease. Neuroimaging. Psychiatry research, 173(3), (218-227). doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2008.10.005. ISSN 0925-4927

In a study of the effects of normal and pathological aging on semantic-related brain activity, 29 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and 19 controls subjects (10 young and 9 older controls) performed a version of the Pyramids and Palm Trees Test... Read More about Patterns of brain activity during a semantic task differentiate normal aging from early Alzheimer's disease.

The anatomical bases of semantic retrieval deficits in early Alzheimer's disease (2007)
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Venneri, A., McGeown, W. J., Hietanen, H. M., Guerrini, C., Ellis, A. W., & Shanks, M. F. (2008). The anatomical bases of semantic retrieval deficits in early Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychologia, 46(2), (497-510). doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2007.08.026. ISSN 0028-3932

Semantic abilities deteriorate early in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their residual language is characterised by strong lexical effects such as the age of acquisition of words and their typicality. The anatomical bases of this early sem... Read More about The anatomical bases of semantic retrieval deficits in early Alzheimer's disease.

Regional brain activity after prolonged cholinergic enhancement in early Alzheimer's disease (2007)
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Shanks, M. F., McGeown, W. J., Forbes-McKay, K. E., Waiter, G. D., Ries, M., & Venneri, A. (2007). Regional brain activity after prolonged cholinergic enhancement in early Alzheimer's disease. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 25(6), (848-859). doi:10.1016/j.mri.2007.02.005. ISSN 0730-725X

This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study examined changes in brain activation after prolonged (20 weeks) and stabilized treatment with the cholinesterase inhibitor galantamine in a small group of patients with very mild Alzheimer's dis... Read More about Regional brain activity after prolonged cholinergic enhancement in early Alzheimer's disease.