I am currently studying to become a Congnative Behavioral Hypnotherapist to go with my current hypnotherapy qualification. I have completed the practical course and just need to finish a marked assesment and hypothetical case studies. Whist reserching for the qualification, I came accross this wonderful brain imaging study. "Hypnotic suggestions reduces conflict in the human brain", by Amir Raz, Jin Fan and Michael Postner, 2005"
The study illustrates that conflict monitoring involves the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). Hypothesizing that such conflict reduction would be associated with decreased ACC activation, the study combined neuroimaging methods and studies participants both with and without a suggestion to interpret visual words as nonsense strings. Functional MRI data revealed that under posthypnotic suggestion, both ACC and visual areas presented reduced activity in highly hypnotizable persons compared with no-suggestion controls. Scalp electrode recordings in highly hypnotizable subjects also showed reductions in posterior activation under suggestion, indicating visual system alterations. The findings demonstrate how suggestion affects cognitive control by modulating activity in specific brain areas,