Hypnosis and the Psychology of Cognitive and Behavioral Control
[Technical Report, Annual Report]
STANFORD UNIV CA
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Four experiments are reported which study various aspects of cognitive and behavioral control processes. The first study demonstrates the control over autonomic function--skin temperature--which is possible with hypnotic training. The next two studies explore the relationship between time perspective, time awareness and a variety of behavioral measures. The fourth study investigates the nature of emotional arousal and emotional plasticity. Hypnosis is used to help induce a state of physiological arousal while simultaneously creating amnesia for the cause of the arousal. The resulting condition of unexplained emotional arousal is assumed to be the basic dynamic in a search for a rational explanation and the mechanism by which irrational explorations may be generated.