Recent research from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that not all people can be easily hypnotized. According to the October study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, “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.” David Spiegel, MD, estimates that about one quarter of his patients could not be hypnotized. Research in this area is ongoing, but brain scientists are excited about the possibility of learning more about using hypnosis more widely. Funding for more research is being provided by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

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