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October 2021

Imaginative suggestibility and hypnotizability: An empirical analysis

Author(s): Kirsch, I.

Journal/Book: J Personal Soc Psychol. 1999; 77: 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, USA. Amer Psychological Assoc. 578-587.

Abstract: Hypnotic and nonhypnotic suggestibility were investigated in ', experiments. In Experiment 1, nonhypnotic suggestibility was suppressed when measured after hypnotic suggestibility, whereas hypnotic suggestibility was not affected by the order of assessment. Experiment 2 confirmed a small but significant effect of hypnosis on suggestibility when nonhypnotic suggestibility was measured first. Nonhypnotic suggestibility was correlated with absorption, fantasy proneness, motivation, and response expectancy, but only expectancy predicted suggestibility when the other variables were controlled. Behavioral response to hypnosis was predicted by nonhypnotic suggestibility, motivation, and expectancy in a model accounting for 53% of the variance. Experiential response to hypnotic suggestion was predicted only by nonhypnotic suggestibility. Unexpectedly, hypnosis was found to decrease suggestibility for a substantial minority of participants.

Note: Article Kirsch I, Univ Connecticut, Dept Psychol, U-20, 406 Babbidge Rd, Storrs,CT 06269 USA

Keyword(s): CARLETON-UNIVERSITY RESPONSIVENESS; HYPNOTIC-SUSCEPTIBILITY; HYPNOSIS; EXPECTANCY; ABSORPTION; SCALE; OVERPREDICTION; EXPERIENCES; STABILITY; BEHAVIOR


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