Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Hugo M. Maynard
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (129 p.)
Hypnotism, Imagery (Psychology)
There is no consensus of how hypnosis works. The two major theorists in hypnosis research, the Phenomenologists and the Behaviorists, disagree on this issue. The Phenomenologists consider individual talent and change of the state of consciousness the key to how hypnosis works. The Behaviorists consider the social situation and the roles taken by the experimenter and subject, especially the subject's expectations of hypnosis, the mainspring of the hypnotic process. Subject expectations of hypnosis have been found to affect the final results of hypnosis experiments. An experiment was conducted to gain further insight into subject expectations of hypnosis, and how these expectations affect the enhancement of visual imagery (a Behavioral issue) without remaining in the confines of Behavioral theory.
Nilsson, Kayla Mae, "The effect of subject expectations of "hypnosis" upon the vividness of visual imagery" (1985). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3566.