Placebo Hypnosis: Developing a credible sham protocol for hypnotherpay that can be used in double blind controlled clinical trials

Project: Research

Research areas and keywords


  • hypnosis, placebo, expectancy, clinical psychology


Clinical psychotherapy research suffers from a lack of double blind trials which would allow to control for the effect of expectancy to test the effects of main effective components.
So far there is no well validated placebo control conditions for hypnosis interventions. In this study we aim to validate a sham hypnosis induction method that can be used in future laboratory and clinical research to control for the effect of expectancy.

Layman's description

We would like to develop a method in which people believe that they are being hypnotized, but they are not.
Short titlePlacebo Hypnosis
StatusNot started