Dissociated control as a signature of typological variability in high hypnotic suggestibility

Devin Terhune, Etzel Cardeña, Magnus Lindgren

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Abstract

This study tested the prediction that dissociative tendencies modulate the impact of a hypnotic induction on cognitive control in different subtypes of highly suggestible individuals. Low suggestible (LS), low dissociative highly suggestible (LDHS), and high dissociative highly suggestible (HDHS) participants completed the Stroop color-naming task in control and hypnosis conditions. The magnitude of conflict adaptation (faster response times on incongruent trials preceded by an incongruent trial than those preceded by a congruent trial) was used as a measure of cognitive control. LS and LDHS participants displayed marginally superior up-regulation of cognitive control following a hypnotic induction, whereas HDHS participants' performance declined. These findings indicate that dissociative tendencies modulate the influence of a hypnotic induction on cognitive control in high hypnotic suggestibility and suggest that HS individuals are comprised of distinct subtypes with dissimilar cognitive profiles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-736
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Volume20
Issue numberOnline 13 December 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology

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