Hypnosis Articles

Could a Computer Hypnotize You?

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A View from Emily Singer Transforming hypnosis from an art to a science. September 28, 2007 I ran a panel titled “Engineering the Brain” at Technology Review’s EmTech conference yesterday. One of the speakers was Ed Boyden, a new professor at the MIT Media Lab and one of last year’s TR35. He never ceases to astound with the broad range of projects he’s working on–everything from a molecular light switch that controls neurons to a new device to noninvasively stimulate the brain. (See “A Light Switch for the Brain.”) One of Boyden’s latest endeavors is a computer-based hypnosis program that is personalized to the user. While...

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Giving Déjà Vu A Second Look

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Date: January 31, 2006 Source: University of Leeds Summary: Many of us have experienced déjà vu - the unsettling sensation of knowing that a situation could not have been experienced, combined with the feeling that it has. It is usually so fleeting that psychologists have until recently thought it impossible to study. But for some people, the feeling of having been there before is a persistent sensation, making every day a ‘Groundhog Day’. Psychologists from Leeds’ memory group are working with sufferers of chronic déjà vu on the world’s first study of the condition. Déjà vu revisited - Dr Chris...

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A Stunning New Look At Déjà Vu

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Date: November 29, 2006 Source: University of Leeds Summary: A blind man suffering déjà vu. It sounds like a contradiction in terms -- but the first case study of its kind has turned the whole theory of déjà vu on its head. A blind man suffering déjà vu. It sounds like a contradiction in terms -- but the first case study of its kind has turned the whole theory of déjà vu on its head. Traditionally it was thought images from one eye were delayed, arriving in the brain microseconds after images from the other eye -- causing a sensation...

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Paul McKenna wins court battle over fraud claims - at a price

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Last updated at 21:47 28 July 2006 Paul McKenna has won his libel battle over a claim that he had bought a bogus degree.   But his success could come at a price - with even the judge publicly wondering whether it was a pyrrhic victory. See also... Profile: Paul McKenna, prince of hypnosis   The TV hypnotist faces picking up a big slice of a £1.5million legal bill while receiving damages that could be as low as £20,000. He was also counting the cost of being exposed as a victim of a scam which saw him work for an...

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Back after the break

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By Finlo Rohrer BBC News Magazine With war about to be declared in 1939, TV screens went blank after a Mickey Mouse cartoon. When programmes resumed 60 years ago today, the UK was soon changed for ever. When BBC television resumed after a seven-year gap during World War II, it was as a monopoly with one channel to a tiny audience and an establishment that doubted it would ever catch on in a country dominated by radio. Newsreel footage of the opening ceremony - there is no recording of what was actually broadcast - shows announcer Jasmine Bligh emerge from a...

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