Dissociated control as a signature of typological variability in high hypnotic suggestibility
Terhune, Devin Blair; Cardeña, Etzel and Lindgren, Magnus. 2011. Dissociated control as a signature of typological variability in high hypnotic suggestibility. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(3), pp. 727-736. ISSN 10538100 [Article]
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2010.11.005
Abstract or Description
This study tested the prediction that dissociative tendencies modulate the impact of a hypnotic induction on cognitive control in different subtypes of highly suggestible individuals. Low suggestible (LS), low dissociative highly suggestible (LDHS), and high dissociative highly suggestible (HDHS) participants completed the Stroop colornaming task in control and hypnosis conditions. The magnitude of conflict adaptation (faster response times on incongruent trials preceded by an incongruent than those preceded by a congruent trial) was used as a measure of cognitive control. LS and LDHS participants displayed marginally superior up-regulation of cognitive control following a hypnotic induction, whereas HDHS participants’ performance declined. These findings indicate that dissociative tendencies modulate the influence of a hypnotic induction on cognitive control in high hypnotic suggestibility and suggest that HS individuals are comprised of distinct subtypes with dissimilar cognitive profiles.