Hypnosis Quirkology

The curious research of the hypnosis field

Adam Eason

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Adam Eason

There are many topics in the field of modern hypnosis about which speculation has been rife for decades. Much has been written on the powers and dangers of hypnosis. What happens when you try to create warts, induce pain or heal broken bones using only hypnotic suggestion? Can you deliver hypnotic suggestions subliminally and can public figures use hypnosis on us? What happens when hypnosis is used to recreate delusion (such as erotomania or conversion hysteria) or out-of-body experiences (such as those described during near death experiences) in order to study such phenomenon?

Much experimental evidence has been collected regarding all of these topics and in this presentation, Adam will give a reliable account of the quirkiest and seemingly bizarre hypnosis research – as well as frankly acknowledging ignorance when the facts are still in dispute, he’ll boldly put forward a definite point of view where the evidence appears to justify it.

As well as spending much time researching in the laboratory himself, Adam Eason has extensively researched the evidence base of the hypnosis field for more than two decades and along the way has examined some of the more quirky science that this field has to offer. Here, he describes his forays into the backwaters of hypnotic phenomenon and offers a definitive guide to much of the folklore, myth and seemingly bizarre things that can and cannot be done with hypnosis. Throughout this presentation, emphasis is laid particularly on the detailed discussion of the evidence, leaving the audience to decide whether the conclusions drawn are justified.

I have been in full-time clinical practice as a hypnotherapist since 1996 and run my Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis since 1997 as well as lecturing for the University of Bournemouth and the Royal Society of Medicine at Masters degree level. I am the author of several books on hypnosis, broadcast the highly respected and popular 'Hypnosis Weekly' podcast and the 'Hypnosis Geek' YouTube channel.

With my PhD research, I authored the first systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of clinical applications of self-hypnosis to feature in a peer-reviewed academic journal and am the first to study the application of self-hypnosis to inhibit the Stroop effect. My ongoing research continues to examine the efficacy of self-hypnosis to advance strength and cardio-respiratory endurance.

1 hour presentation
10:45 - 11:45
Kew Theatre

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