XIV ESH congress

hosted by British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

23th - 26th August 2017

British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis
Hypnosis: unlocking hidden potential. The value of hypnosis in communication, health and healing in the 21st century.
Ulrike Halsband

Ulrike Halsband

Is a Neuropsychology Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Freiburg. She teaches psychology students the use of hypnosis and combines this with research projects on the efficiacy of hypnosis and meditation in normal subjects and in patients with specific phobias and anxiety disorders.

Functional Changes in Brain Activity after Hypnosis  and Hypnotherapy: The Science of Hypnosis  and Its Application to  Patients with Anxiety Disorders

A hypnotic session can be seen as a guided induction of various states of consciousness. We looked at brain plasticity changes in hypnosis using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron-emission-tomography (PET), and electroencephalography (EEG) in healthy subjects. In summary, these studies provide an illustrated proof for the detectability of physiological state changes as correlates to different states of awareness, consciousness or cognition during hypnosis.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are considered to  be powerful interventions against anxiety. Therefore, in a second series of experiments we  investigated patients with a specific phobia or music performance anxiety (stage-fright). Using fMRI we analyzed  the effects of a brief hypnosis in patients with a disproportional fear of dental procedures. During hypnosis, these dental phobic patients showed a significantly reduced activation in the left amygdala, bilateral ACC, insula and hippocampus.  In a separate project we performed a randomized controlled study to investigate the effects of a five-week hypnotherapy treatment in subjects with music performance anxiety compared to a cognitive training (Fresh Minder). Multiple aspects were assessed including physiological measures such as heart rate and heart rate variability as well as subjective ratings on standardized anxiety questionnaires. Results indicate that hypnotherapy was the most promising treatment  for  stage-fright.  Taken together, we found evidence that hypnosis is a most powerful and succesful method for inhibiting the reaction of the fear circuitry structures.

News Headlines
Monday, August 21st 2017

Watch your words

At the EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF HYPNOSIS in Manchester in August,  Mike Gow, a dentist from Scotland would maintain and many would agree, that techniques of rapport, language, and communication taught during hypnosis training are among the most impo Full Story...

Friday, August 18th 2017

Hypnotic intervention in dentistry is fast, safe and effective

Says Dr Veit Messmer from Germany, where over 1600 dental members use hypnosis daily in their work with patients. Dr Messmer, speaking at the EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF HYPNOSIS 2017 Congress in Manchester in August, states that while there is always need Full Story...

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