Wednesday, November 23, 2005

This Is Your Brain Under Hypnosis

The NY Times has a piece on hypnosis, looking at a little of the history, uses, some stats from the general population, and some new research that studies the patterns of the brain as it undergoes through the Stroop Effect.

Some especially interesting thoughts on the interplay between "bottom-up", sensorial-led reporting of the world vs "top-down" almost-consciousness-led interpretation. A reliance on a dual-part system makes sense to me, between the observed and the observer. Hypnosis (along with other mentral control mechanisms) may be a way to place more weight on one than the other.

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