2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Testing Under a Trance: The Effect of Post-Hypnotic Suggestion on Academic Performance
Nicholas C. Jacobson*, Sam L. Kramer, and Amanda G. Tharp
Prof. Sal Costa, Faculty Mentor

This study examined the relationship between post-hypnotic suggestion and test-performance. Participants (N = 59) completed a consent form, health form, and a preliminary questionnaire, which requested participants ACT score, a measure of scholastic aptitude. They were then randomly assigned to one of two conditions: a control group or a treatment group. The treatment group was hypnotized using a script consisting of an induction and post-hypnotic suggestion, which included suggestions to aid in recall and academic performance on a test following the end of the hypnosis session. The control group watched a film. Subsequently, participants in both groups were read a passage and completed a multiple-choice test. An analysis of variance (ANOVA) was employed to discern the effect of post-hypnotic suggestion on test performance, while controlling for the variance introduced by scholastic aptitude. Results indicated that the hypnosis treatment group was linked to significantly worsened performance on the test.

Keywords: Hypnosis, Post-hypnotic, Academic, Test, Memory

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 29-1
Location: MG 1000
Time: 9:30

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