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Hypnosis

  • By: Jim Deni & Leon Lewis
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Hypnosis can be defined as an altered state of consciousness or as a state of mind in which an individual is particularly susceptible to various degrees of suggestibility. Although hypnosis has not been used extensively in educational situations, a review of the literature reveals common, agreed-upon areas of use as an educational instrument. Hypnosis can:

  • Reduce test anxiety
  • Improve concentration
  • Improve memory recall
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Increase motivation

Most research thus far demonstrates the benefits of hypnosis in laboratory settings rather than a school setting. One of the roadblocks to widespread educational applications is the prevalence of myths that continue to be held by the general population. Most myths center around subjects losing control while in a hypnotic state, thus becoming susceptible to commands to act contrary to their character. Actually, an ...

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