2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Hypnosis and Its Effect upon a Fear of Public Speaking
Abigail M. Nehrkorn*, Connor E. Madden, Andrew D. Zeiler, Christopher A. Sotraidis, Jacob A. Sloan, Michael J. Gibson, Micaela M. Zebrowski, Caleb J. Scarborough, Alicia A. Foglesong, John R. Wiesler, Carlyn Muehlhauser, and Jesse B. Banner
Prof. Sal Costa, Faculty Mentor

This study examined the effect of hypnosis on undergraduate students that had a fear of public speaking. We hypothesized that those in the treatment group, the students receiving hypnosis, would experience less anxiety, less tension, and a more relaxed attitude towards a public speaking task after having received the treatment, a pre-recorded hypnosis reading. Surveys were administered to 92 undergraduate participants at Truman State University that included a modified version of the Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA) questionnaire. Statistical analyses are currently being generated. Potential results of this study may be used to understand the utility of hypnosis in undergraduate students with a fear of public speaking or other communication activities.

Keywords: hypnosis, public speaking, hypnosis relaxation, public speaking fear, public speaking preparedness, survey

Topic(s):Psychology
Communication

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 14-3
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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