In patients under hypnosis, scientists find distinctive patterns in the brain


Psychiatrists have been using hypnosis on patients for decades — to help them reduce their pain or kick a smoking habit, among other reasons.

But what, exactly, is happening to the patients’ brains when they are in a hypnotic state?

To tackle that question, David Spiegel, a psychiatrist at Stanford University School of Medicine, and his colleagues recently decided to scan patients’ brains and see if hypnosis left a mark. It did.  Full article here

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