Monday, November 7, 2011

Holy shit! It's real!

Ok, so given what was covered so far, this shouldn't be surprising, but it's still nice to see that it has actually been done before getting too excited.

Hypnosis has been used to cause genuine hallucinations, (and "negative hallucinations"). Yes, you can get people to hallucinate in all senses by freaking talking to them! (or even typing!)

Hypnosis has also been used effectively to reduce pain. A lot. Even mere placebo can get stronger results than IV morphine! Feynman tells his story of a just extinguished match burning his hand and feeling "slightly warm", as well as not being able to overcome suggestions. Speaking of overcoming suggestions... 

This woman negatively hallucinates her shoe and cannot find it when offered money to find it. This man is unable to move his arm to grab money in his lap.

Hypnosis has also been used to create selective (and reversible) amnesia. 

You really can vastly reduce your susceptibility to motion sickness in a couple minutes, and cure phobias.

You really can walk up to someone and convince him to give you his belongings. Or perhaps rob a store or a bank.  

You dont even need consent.

I've actually done most of these things. It's nothing impressive to other hypnotists, but in normal person land, if you can walk up to a stranger and 5 minutes later be invisible to him, you're a fucking wizard.

So yeah...  Holy shit! It's real!

Pain stuff:
Hypnotist relieves news guys back pain
Derren Brown sticks needle through med student's hand
A meta-analysis of hypnotically induced analgesia: how effective is hypnosis? 
Self hypnosis for self performed liposuction  

Hallucination stuff:
Where the imaginal appears real: A positron emission tomography study of auditory hallucinations
The hallucinating brain: a review of structural and functional neuroimaging studies of hallucinations.
Seeing is believing: the reality of hypnotic hallucinations.
Hypnotic hallucination alters evoked potentials.
Hypnotic Visual Illusion Alters Color Processing in the Brain. 

Amnesia stuff:
Posthypnotic amnesia as disrupted retrieval
Mechanisms of hypnotic and nonhypnotic forgetting.
Mechanisms of inhibition in long-term memory: A new taxonomy. Inhibitory processes in attention, memory, and language. 

More hypnosculpting, possibly warm, different guy

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