Taxometric evidence for a dimensional latent structure of hypnotic suggestibility

Reshetnikov, Mikhail and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2022. Taxometric evidence for a dimensional latent structure of hypnotic suggestibility. Consciousness and Cognition, 98, 103269. ISSN 1053-8100 [Article]

[img] Text
Reshetnikov & Terhune C&C.pdf - Accepted Version
Permissions: Administrator Access Only
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (679kB)
1-s2.0-S1053810022000010-main.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (1MB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

Hypnotic suggestibility denotes a capacity to respond to direct verbal suggestions in an involuntary manner. Most research on responsiveness to hypnotic suggestions has focused on highly suggestible individuals but it remains unclear whether these individuals constitute a discrete subgroup (taxon) characterized by a distinct mode of responding from the remainder of the population or whether hypnotic suggestibility is better modelled as a dimensional ability. In this study, we applied taxometric analysis, a method for distinguishing between dimensional and categorical models of a psychological ability, to behavioural and involuntariness subscale scores of the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale: Form A (HGSHS:A) in a nonclinical sample (N=584). Analyses of HGSHS:A subscale scores with different a priori taxon base rates yielded consistent evidence for a dimensional structure. These results suggest that hypnotic suggestibility is dimensional and have implications for current understanding of individual differences in responsiveness to direct verbal suggestions.

Item Type:


Additional Information:

Data collection was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Cogito Foundation and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship within the 7th European Community Framework Programme to DBT.


heterogeneity; hypnosis; hypnotizability; psychopathology; suggestion

Departments, Centres and Research Units:



2 January 2022Accepted
20 January 2022Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

10 Jan 2022 16:49

Last Modified:

25 May 2022 08:32

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.


View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)