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Effects of weight-related literal and metaphorical suggestions about the forearms during hypnosis.
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PMID:  20509074     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
During hypnosis, the authors tested repeated weight-related, literal and metaphorical suggestions about the heaviness of the subjects' arms. The purpose was to determine if linguistically varied hypnotic suggestions produced significantly different motor reactions--involuntary pressure forces of the forearms--as assessed by a linguistic biomechanical system. Classic, literal (L) suggestions such as "your right arm is heavy" were used, as well as metaphorical (M) suggestions, such as "your right arm is made of lead." A specific effect on the progressive increase of pressure forces only in the temporal sequence L-M for each forearm (literal suggestions followed by metaphorical suggestions) was found. This effect, termed crescendo image metaphor effect, conceptualized within context-limited simulation theory, explains the findings.
Alfonso Santarpia; Alain Blanchet; Giuseppe Mininni; Frank Andrasik; Fabrice Kwiatkowski; Jean François Lambert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1744-5183     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Clin Exp Hypn     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-28     Completed Date:  2010-09-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376166     Medline TA:  Int J Clin Exp Hypn     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  350-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratoire de psychopathologie et de neuropsychologie (EA 2027), University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis, Cedex, France.
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MeSH Terms
Forearm* / physiology
Models, Psychological
Young Adult

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