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Are You Suggesting That's My Hand? The Relation Between Hypnotic Suggestibility and the Rubber Hand Illusion

Walsh, E.; Guilmette, D. N.; Longo, M. R.; Moore, James W.; Oakley, D. A.; Halligan, P. W.; Mehta, M. A. and Deeley, Q.. 2015. Are You Suggesting That's My Hand? The Relation Between Hypnotic Suggestibility and the Rubber Hand Illusion. Perception, 44(6), pp. 709-723. ISSN 0301-0066 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Hypnotic suggestibility (HS) is the ability to respond automatically to suggestions and to experience alterations in perception and behavior. Hypnotically suggestible participants are also better able to focus and sustain their attention on an experimental stimulus. The present study explores the relation between HS and susceptibility to the rubber hand illusion (RHI). Based on previous research with visual illusions, it was predicted that higher HS would lead to a stronger RHI. Two behavioral output measures of the RHI, an implicit (proprioceptive drift) and an explicit (RHI questionnaire) measure, were correlated against HS scores. Hypnotic suggestibility correlated positively with the implicit RHI measure contributing to 30% of the variation. However, there was no relation between HS and the explicit RHI questionnaire measure, or with compliance control items. High hypnotic suggestibility may facilitate, via attentional mechanisms, the multisensory integration of visuoproprioceptive inputs that leads to greater perceptual mislocalization of a participant’s hand. These results may provide insight into the multisensory brain mechanisms involved in our sense of embodiment.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006615594266

Additional Information:

This work was supported by grants from the Psychiatry Research Trust (to E. W. and Q. D.) and the
Panacea Society (to Q. D. and M. M.).

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
June 2015Published

Item ID:

13285

Date Deposited:

10 Sep 2015 14:13

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 10:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13285
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