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Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Is Hypnosis All in Your Head? Brain Scans Suggest Otherwise"

Erica Goode's article with the title above ran in The New York Times on Friday, 29 July.  She cited a recent study by Stanford researchers using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.  

Dr. David Spiegel, a redoubtable authority on hypnosis, noted that "one particularly intriguing finding was that hypnotized subjects showed decreased interaction between a region deep in the brain that is active in self-reflection and daydreaming and areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in planning and executing tasks."  

The complete text can be accessed through this url:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/30/science/hypnosis-brain-changes.html.