A componential approach to individual differences in hypnotizability

Barnier, A. J.; Terhune, Devin Blair; Polito, V. and Woody, E.. 2022. A componential approach to individual differences in hypnotizability. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 9(2), pp. 130-140. ISSN 2326-5523 [Article]

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Although responsiveness to hypnotic suggestions (hypnotizability) typically is conceptualized and studied as a singular homogeneous capability, numerous lines of evidence suggest instead that it is a hierarchically structured cognitive capacity comprising a core superordinate ability and ancillary subordinate component abilities. After reviewing current approaches to the measurement of hypnotizability and componential approaches to other cognitive capabilities, we highlight outstanding questions in the field and argue for a componential approach to the study of hypnotizability. Such an approach assumes that hypnotizability is not a unitary construct but is rooted in multiple subabilities that interact to give rise to individual differences that are expressed within specific contexts. We revisit previous componential work on hypnotizability and propose a series of steps by which a componential model can be more rigorously interrogated and integrated with contemporary advances in our understanding of human cognition.

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“©American Psychological Association, [2021]. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. The final article is available, upon publication, at: https://doi.org/10.1037/cns0000267”


hypnosis, hypnotizability, componential approach, suggestion, suggestibility

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31 June 2020Accepted
29 November 2021Published Online

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30 Sep 2020 11:28

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20 Jun 2022 14:01

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