Neurocognition under hypnosis: Findings from recent functional neuroimaging studies

Antonio Del Casale, Stefano Ferracuti, Chiara Rapinesi, Daniele Serata, Gabriele Sani, Valeria Savoja, Georgios D. Kotzalidis, Roberto Tatarelli, Paolo Girardi

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Functional neuroimaging studies show that hypnosis affects attention by modulating anterior cingulate cortex activation and uncoupling conflict monitoring and cognitive control function. Considering functional changes in the activation of the occipital and temporal cortices, precuneus, and other extrastriate visual areas, which account for hypnosis-induced altered reality perception, the role of mental imagery areas appears to be central under hypnosis. This is further stressed by the fact that motor commands are processed differently in the normal conscious state, deviating toward the precuneus and extrastriate visual areas. Functional neuroimaging also shows that posthypnotic suggestions alter cognitive processes. Further research should investigate the effects of hypnosis on other executive functions and personality measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-317
Number of pages32
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology


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