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Blood pressure responses to hypnotic and nonhypnotic suggestions in normotensive subjects.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3515298     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Forty normotensive subjects participated on a voluntary basis in a study designed to compare the effect of suggestions on blood pressure (BP). Two experimental groups received suggestions presumed to be specific in lowering or raising BP after simple relaxation (relaxation group) or hypnotic induction (hypnotic group). A control group was used to record the BP changes over time. The time variable was significant for both systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). Induction procedures (hypnosis or relaxation) resulted in significant decreases in DBP in both experimental groups. In the control group there was a significant decrease in SBP. A specific suggestion to increase the BP resulted only in DBP increase in the hypnotic group. This group also gave an increase of both SBP and DBP over the entire experiment, whereas the relaxation group resulted in a significant decrease in SBP. There was no significant group variable, indicating no differences between the groups. Further research is needed to enable firm conclusions of the effect of suggestions on BP.
H Sletvold; G M Jensen; K G Götestam
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Pavlovian journal of biological science     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0093-2213     ISO Abbreviation:  Pavlov J Biol Sci     Publication Date:    1986 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-04-30     Completed Date:  1986-04-30     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0414243     Medline TA:  Pavlov J Biol Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure*
Relaxation Therapy

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