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Can hypnosis stop cigarette smoking?

Green and Lynn (2000) conducted a meta analysis of 59 experiments investigating the efficacy of hypnosis on smoking cessation. Their conclusions were: There is mixed, inconclusive evidence for ...
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What brain wave states are associated with hypnosis?

Hypnotic states are associated with increased theta wave activity. Hypnotically susceptible participants also exhibit hemispheric beta wave asymmetry, but non-susceptible participants do not (Sabourin,...
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Are there any studies (fMRI scans, etc) showing why some people (supposedly) are more open to hypnotism?

Overall, while there are developing cognitive neuroscience theories of how hypnotic states are produced, there does not appear to be any known cognitive neuroscience basis for individual differences ...
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Is hypnosis really concentration/focus?

The answer lies in what is known of the conscious, unconscious and the presconscious parts of the mind, with preconscious is the scientific name for the subconscious, however, for the purposes of this ...
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Sleep vs. Trance

Wearing those big headphone is indirectly a way to isolate yourself from the surrounding sound. That is usually a prelude for relaxation, or meditation. (In people with audiotory disorder, or with ...
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How can I recognize if a person is good subject for hypnosis?

Despite quite of lot of research looking for personality correlates of hypnotisability no very clear links have been found. There is evidence of weak associations between hypnotisability and ...
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Can a person's susceptibility to hypnosis be altered?

There is no a single answer for this, but I will tell from what I have read of Milton Erickson's ideas. Everyone is suceptible to hypnosis. The difficult in being hypnoized depends on the person's ...
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Scientifically credible texts on how to perform Hypnosis

For scientifically supported texts, I would recommend the textbooks produced by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (linked here) as a good place to start. None of these are free (legally), ...
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Is Hypnosis more effective than a placebo?

Answering your first question... This paper does a handy job of describing the situation. Specifically, it describes how "more effective" may not be the correct way of looking at the comparison ...
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How successful is hypnosis or hypnotherapy over a distance, for example, over Skype?

A literature review was conducted Barak et al. (2008) that compared the effectiveness of internet-based psychotherapy in general (not specifically hypnosis). From their abstract, the results indicate ...
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Success rates or reviews of Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT), and number of sessions needed on average

Looking at the client testimonials on the website you provided it looks like it varies from 1 session to a few more. Like any other therapy it seems to depend on the client and problem being dealt ...
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What is the scientific evaluation of Rapid Transformational Therapy?

RTT's online forum was used to enquire as to whether there was any peer reviewed literature supporting RTT. RTT's company lawyer replied with: There are no current published papers on RTT that we ...
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What is the scientific evaluation of Rapid Transformational Therapy?

There are no research papers on RTT present on Google Scholar. Therefore, I think it is straightforward to presume that it has not been scientifically evaluated, which makes any claim whatsoever about ...
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How is hypnosis not mind control?

Since I vaguely remember a similar question not that long ago, let me use this one to quote from one the few peer-reviewed papers (doi link; preprint pdf). that discusses the notion of "mind control": ...
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Psychological explanation for exorcisms?

Google Scholar reveals a substantial quantity of learned research on the topic of exorcisms, of which the items below are but a few: Ferracuti, S., & Sacco, R. (1996). Dissociative trance ...
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What brain wave states are associated with hypnosis?

There is a really nice and recent review about the current state of research regarding hypnosis, which also cites the resource of another answer here). I will quote here the part about EEG studies but ...
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Sleep vs. Trance

It's highly plausible (judging from your description) that you induce some sort of hypnotized state. I highly doubt it's strongly related to heavy metal though. The state of mind you're hinting at is ...
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What brain wave states are associated with hypnosis?

I am studying hypnotherapy at University and this is what I have learnt. During the induction stages of hypnosis, the body becomes more and more relaxed and the brain enters changing levels of brain ...
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Are there any negative effects from hypnotherapy for bipolar disorder?

Preamble First of all, I would like to point out that hypnosis, and therefore hypnotherapy, is generally considered pseudo-scientific within the scientific community and therefore this question can ...
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Is it really impossible for a hypnotist to make a participant do something against their will?

Just to add to @what's great answer (that this is not a testable question), a while ago I watched a Derren Brown episode where he successfully hypnotizes someone to assassinate a co-conspirator. This ...
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Exact Medical situation name for Guided Meditation/Visualization to "Re-live a moment"

Before I give the answer to your question, I must point out that pursuits into recalling past events through hypnosis etc. can lead to mixed results. You can be lucky and gain true insight into a ...
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Is hypnotic susceptibility associated with responsiveness to rapid vs. standard hypnosis induction?

I am studying hypnotherapy myself and from what I am led to believe, there is no "spectrum of how able people are to be hypnotised". Everyone who wants to be hypnotised can be. How quickly they are ...
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