Levels of consciousness

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Hypnosis
A state of heightened relaxation and suggestibility during which some people claim to experience imaginary happenings due to the words of a hypnotist.
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State theory
An altered state of mind where a hypnotist can control your mind.
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Hidden observer
A part of your mind is conscious during hypnosis. One part of the volunteer's consciousness was hypnotised and unaware of what was going on but there was a second part of the consciousness of the person that was awake.
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Neodisassociationist
'New movement' - cognitive systems move away from each other and the mind becomes more suggestible
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Suggestibility
Individual readily obeys the hypnotist's suggestions such as 'you feel sleepy'.
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Susceptibility
An individual's ability to become vulnerable to the effects of the hypnotist.
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Compliance
Changing ones behaviour due to the request or direction of another person.
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Gunshot test
Male volunteer would not be able to hear unless tapped on the shoulder. A gunshot was sounded and the volunteer did not flinch but when asked by the hypnotist to raise a finger if some part of the mind was conscious, the finger rose.
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Cold pressor test
Tested to see whether hypnosis could reduce levels of pain. Immersed hands in a cold tub of water for one minute. Rated every 10 seconds on a 10-point scale. One group were hypnotised and told they would feel no pain.
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Cold pressor test results
Control group experienced 10 point scale pain after 25 seconds whereas the hypnotised group reported mean ratings never exceeding 2 on the scale.
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Cold pressor & key
Pressed a key with their free hand when they experienced pain - free hand was expected to be hidden observer. Free hand was mean scale of 8 whilst vocally they reported only 2 point levels of pain.
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Perugini
Told via tape recorded how to act. An independent observer came in. In front of an observer, both groups acted as the observer wished for them to but once they were alone, the hypnotised group continued to do this.
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An altered state of mind where a hypnotist can control your mind.

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State theory

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A part of your mind is conscious during hypnosis. One part of the volunteer's consciousness was hypnotised and unaware of what was going on but there was a second part of the consciousness of the person that was awake.

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'New movement' - cognitive systems move away from each other and the mind becomes more suggestible

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Individual readily obeys the hypnotist's suggestions such as 'you feel sleepy'.

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