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His chapter contains important commentary on the implications of how our definitions of hypnosis impact our research designs and the interpretability of neuroimaging data.
In the clinical section Joseph Barber writes a thoughtful chapter on the integration of hypnosis into cognitive therapy.
Then techniques and case studies are presented for a range of clinical conditions including pain, anxiety, depression, and conversion disorders.
One key development since publication of the last edition of Contemporary Hypnosis Research is the explosion of research focussing on the brain.
The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis is a successor to the three editions of Contemporary Hypnosis Research which were published between 19.
It is a comprehensive exploration of hypnosis split into four sections, with contributions from authorities in the field. Section two covers theoretical perspectives including dissociation, sociocognitive, cognitive, and psychoanalytic theories.
Section three reviews research and explores the concept and measurement of hypnotisability, research design, and analysis of neuroimaging findings.
The 1990’s were the ‘Decade of the brain’ and the field of cognitive neuroscience advanced rapidly in step with the development of new neuroimaging tools.
Technologies such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (f MRI) allow scientists to non-invasively examine the workings of the living brain and have furthered our understanding of how humans perceive, understand, think, and feel.