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Autonomic and psychological responses to an acute psychological stressor and relaxation: the influence of hypnotizability and absorption.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11011499     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the influence of hypnotizability and absorption on psychological and autonomic responses to an experimental stressor and a relaxation procedure of 13 high and 13 low hypnotizable subjects. Heart-rate variability was the measure of autonomic reactivity. Absorption was found to be the only significant predictor of autonomic reactivity in both experimental conditions. Expectation and previous relaxation training, but not absorption or hypnotizability, predicted perceived relaxation in the relaxation condition. The results suggest that in a nonhypnotic context the influence of hypnotizability on responses to experimental conditions may be less prominent than the influence of absorption. Absorption may be associated with greater awareness of internal physical and psychological processes, and the results support previous clinical findings of positive correlations between absorption, subjective perception of autonomic arousal, and somatic symptom reporting.
R Zachariae; M M Jørgensen; P Bjerring; G Svendsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0020-7144     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Clin Exp Hypn     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-24     Completed Date:  2000-10-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376166     Medline TA:  Int J Clin Exp Hypn     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  388-403     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychooncology Research Unit, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Heart Rate / physiology*
Hypnosis / methods*
Random Allocation
Relaxation Therapy*
Stress, Physiological / therapy*

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