As a hypnotherapist AND an art dilettante I was fascinated by this article! Sometimes just before I go to bed I can see swirling colors, predominately purple, like a lava lamp in my minds eye. Maybe I’ve hypnotized myself! Have you ever had similar experiences (barring hallucinogenic, which I know NONE of you have every had)?
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The new study found that all the subjects who were easily hypnotized reported seeing a range of colors even while not under hypnosis, McGeown said.
The scientists didn’t just take their word for it—MRI scans showed that the parts of the subjects’ brains linked to color perception lit up when they saw the imaginary hues.
“We can see changes in these color-sensitive regions of their brains, which they have no way of faking,” said McGeown, who published the study with colleagues in the December issue of the journal Consciousness and Cognition.
Brain Scans Back Up Results
The new study also found that being under hypnosis enhanced color hallucination in susceptible subjects. But those who were not susceptible to hypnosis could not hallucinate color with or without hypnosis.
Mere Suggestions May Help Phobias, Pain
Ultimately, the hallucination research may help medical professionals who use hypnosis to treat a range of conditions, from phobias to pain, McGeown noted.
That’s because, despite its medical use, many people are fearful of the procedure.
The new research shows that suggestion can be almost as powerful a tool, which means there may be a less intimidating alternative for people fearful of hypnosis, he said.
“Psychological therapies which consist of making suggestions to a patient—even in the absence of hypnosis—may help with their problem substantially.”