hypnosis

Hypnotherapy versus CBT: October Research Snippet

October’s snippet briefly summarises an important treatment outcome study by Schoenberger, Kirsch, et al., examining the additive value of hypnosis combined with CBT for public speaking anxiety. Prof. Kirsch will be a speaker at this year’s NCH Extravaganza event.

Proposed HPD Version 2 Revisions

This is a short article published in the Autumn 2009 edition of the NCH’s publication The Hypnotherapy Journal. It outlines proposed improvements to the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) award. Comments are invited from any interested parties, especially NCH members and accredited training schools.

August Research Snippet: Hypnosis, Pain, Expectation & Placebo

This snippet discusses a recent experimental study which attempted to quantify (as a percentage) the extent to which expectation contributed to the pain-reducing effects of hypnosis, imagination, and a placebo medication. Strong evidence was derived from statistical analysis suggesting that the effect of hypnotism is “partially-mediated” by expectation, albeit to a lesser degree than the placebo effect.

July Research Snippet: Competing Theories of Hypnosis

A recent series of articles compared the influential “sociocognitive” and “response expectancy” theories of hypnosis with Alfred Barrios’ “conditioning and inhibition” theory, which reprises elements of Pavlov’s theory of hypnotic suggestion. This snippet outlines the opposing theories and research findings cited in favour of the sociocognitive position.