The cold control theory of hypnosis

Document Type: 
Book Chapter
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Psychology
Topics: 
Free Will
Keywords: 
hypnosis, higher order thought theory, volition, unconscious states, possession
Deposited by: 
Dr Zoltan Dienes
Date of Issue: 
2007
Authors: 
Zoltán Dienes, Josef Perner
Title of Book: 
Hypnosis and conscious states: The cognitive neuroscience perspective
Page Range: 
293-314
Number of Pages: 
21
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: 
Oxford
ISBN: 
13: 978-0-19-856980-0
Alternative URL: 
http://www.lifesci.sussex.ac.uk/home/Zoltan_Dienes/cold%20control%20chapter.pdf
Abstract: 
We argue for the theoretical possibility of unconscious executive control using the Higher Order Thought (HOT) theory of Rosenthal (2002). Then we elaborate the cold control theory of hypnosis, according to which hypnotic response involves executive control without conscious intentions. Cold control theory allows an account of why some hypnotic tasks are more difficult than others, of individual differences in hypnotisability, and of the effects of expectation in hypnosis. Cold control theory can be contrasted with two other theories of hypnotic responding motivated by HOT theory (empty heat and multiple selves).
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