Trait phenomenological control predicts experience of mirror synaesthesia and the rubber hand illusion

Lush, P., Botan, V., Scott, R. B. , Seth, A. K., Ward, J. and Dienes, Z. (2020) Trait phenomenological control predicts experience of mirror synaesthesia and the rubber hand illusion. Nature Communications, 11 (1). p. 4853. ISSN 2041-1723

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Abstract

In hypnotic responding, expectancies arising from imaginative suggestion drive striking experiential changes (e.g., hallucinations) — which are experienced as involuntary — according to a normally distributed and stable trait ability (hypnotisability). Such experiences can be triggered by implicit suggestion and occur outside the hypnotic context. In large sample studies (of 156, 404 and 353 participants), we report substantial relationships between hypnotisability and experimental measures of experiential change in mirror-sensory synaesthesia and the rubber hand illusion comparable to relationships between hypnotis- ability and individual hypnosis scale items. The control of phenomenology to meet expec- tancies arising from perceived task requirements can account for experiential change in psychological experiments.

Keywords:hypnotisability; mirror-sensory experiences
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:42517
Deposited On:21 Oct 2020 08:58

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