Cortical Event-Related Evoked Potential Correlates of Hypnotic Hallucination

  • D. Spiegel
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Cortical event-related potentials (ERPs) have been productively employed in the study of attentional processes in humans. Since hypnosis involves an alteration in both attention (Spiegel & Spiegel, 1978; Tellegen & Atkinson, 1974) and perception (Orne, 1959), it makes sense to examine for any hypnotically induced effects of perceptual alteration on measures of ERP. The amplitude of the early exogenous components of the evoked response is related to stimulus intensity and selection of a perceptual channel (Ford, Roth, Dirk, & Kopell, 1978; Hillyard & Picton, 1979), while the later endogenous components are affected by changes in the strategy of information processing. For example, the amplitude of the P300 component of the evoked potential waveform is increased by the element of surprise and the relevance of the stimulus to a response task (Sutton, Braren, & Zubin, 1965; Naatanen, 1969; Hillyard, Picton, & Regan, 1978; Duncan-Johnson & Donchin, 1980; Johnson, 1980; Baribeau-Braun, Picton, & Gosselin, 1983).


Clinical Neurophysiology Hypnotic State Hypnotic Suggestion Hypnotic Susceptibility Perceptual Channel 
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