HYPNOSIS AND PLACEBOS: RESPONSE EXPECTANCY AS A MEDIATOR OF SUGGESTION EFFECTS

  • Irving Kirsch
Keywords: hypnosis, placebo, suggestion, response expectancy

Abstract

In this paper, data are reviewed indicating that hypnotic and placebo effects share a common mechanism: response expectancy. Placebos and hypnotic procedures may have therapeutic effects because they change the client's expectations. Both placebo and hypnosis are viewed as instances of the broader phenomenon of suggestion. While other variables may play important roles in the response to suggestions, it remains to be known whether they affect responses by changing expectations or have a direct impact on them. The potential disdvantages of using the idea of trance in therapy are also discussed

Author Biography

Irving Kirsch
University of Connecticut
How to Cite
Kirsch, I. (1). HYPNOSIS AND PLACEBOS: RESPONSE EXPECTANCY AS A MEDIATOR OF SUGGESTION EFFECTS. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 15(1), 99-110. Retrieved from http://revistas.um.es/analesps/article/view/31161
Section
Volumen monográfico: Psicología e hipnosis