Washington: Researchers have shown how the brains of people who don’t get hypnotised differ from the ones who do.The study uses data from functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging to identify how the areas of the brain associated with executive control and attention tend to have less activity in people who cannot be put into a hypnotic trance.“There’s never been a brain signature of being hypnotized, and we`re on the verge of identifying one,” David Spiegel, senior author of the paper, said.Such an advance would enable scientists to understand better the mechanisms underlying hypnosis and how it can be used more widely and effectively in clinical settings, added Spiegel, who also directs the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine.Spiegel estimates that one-quarter of the patients he sees cannot be hypnotized, though a person’s hypnotisability is not linked with any specific personality trait.“There’s got to be something going on in the brain,” he said.
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