2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Learning in Hypnosis: Applications to Academic Performance
Nicholas C. Jacobson*, Samuel L. Kramer, Amanda G. Tharp, Greg P. Cejas, and Kevin A. Harmon
Prof. Sal Costa, Faculty Mentor

As no previous research has been conducted to examine the effects of learning in hypnosis in an actual academic setting, the current study tested whether learning in hypnosis impacts test performance. Participants filled out a demographic questionnaire, and then were randomly selected to enter a hypnosis condition or a control condition. Those in the hypnosis sessions were then hypnotized; the control condition listened to an unrelated short story. Next, all participants listened to an academic lecture and answered questionnaires measuring the depth of their hypnosis. The day after each learning session, participants were given a 15-item multiple-choice extra credit quiz based on the academic lecture. Data collection is currently underway; as such, the results have not yet been analyzed. However, the analyses will be conducted using hierarchical linear modeling with repeated measures predicting test performance from group placement (hypnosis or control), while controlling for the depth of their hypnosis.

Keywords: Hypnosis, Academic Performance, Learning, Test, Hypnotic

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 34-1
Location: MG 2001
Time: 1:15

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