The Effects of Hypnosis and Suggestion upon Auditory Threshold In order to investigate whether hypnosis and/or suggestion in hypnosis can lower the auditory threshold, 64 college students with normal hearing were tested with a Bekesy automatic audiometer and later tested under one of four conditions: hypnotic suggestion of improved performance, waking suggestion of improved performance, hypnosis alone, and no ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1969
The Effects of Hypnosis and Suggestion upon Auditory Threshold
 
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  • William H. Smith
    The Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1969
The Effects of Hypnosis and Suggestion upon Auditory Threshold
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1969, Vol. 12, 161-168. doi:10.1044/jshr.1201.161
History: Received July 11, 1969
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1969, Vol. 12, 161-168. doi:10.1044/jshr.1201.161
History: Received July 11, 1969

In order to investigate whether hypnosis and/or suggestion in hypnosis can lower the auditory threshold, 64 college students with normal hearing were tested with a Bekesy automatic audiometer and later tested under one of four conditions: hypnotic suggestion of improved performance, waking suggestion of improved performance, hypnosis alone, and no hypnosis, no suggestion. While hypnosis alone was not sufficient to lower the auditory threshold, a substantial reduction (6.52 dB) resulted from the combination of hypnosis and suggestion of improved performance. The findings indicate that suggestions of improved performance are more influential when given to hypnotized subjects.

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