A Research and Studies Post!

February 2016

So I get it. We all have the ability to look up studies these days, basically anywhere. At home, at work on our phones, and so on. So it’s not like a person couldn’t look these studies up. Google Scholar makes this super super easy. But these are a few I found particularly interesting and ones that offer validity when it comes to the subject of hypnosis. It’s a shame that there is so much misinformation on hypnosis out there still to this day. I could understand maybe a hundred years ago, but nowadays? It’s time for this subject to get the attention it deserves. It’s certainly not a surprise to me that it’s becoming one of the faster growing health based modalities. It’s simple, powerful, effective, and works for most. At the very least it’s a terrific adjunct to a variety of other methods. But back to the topic at hand. From the mid-century to present you can find a sprinkling of studies, however in the last two decades more and more studies have popped up. There was a time when it wasn’t well understood, and to an extent that’s still the case. We don’t fully, 100%, know and understand how or why it works, we just know that it does. We have a good basic idea and understanding of it and overall can explain much of what is probably going on inside our minds. So ON TO THE STUDIES!

Okay, some of these are articles and some are proper studies. I’m going to post the link, then below each link, try and state some interesting points. Enjoy!


-This is a quick read on whether hypnosis works, by Penn State University.


-A quick United Kingdom article that discusses neuroscience’s interest in hypnosis.


-This article has five studies that seek to prove the validity of hypnosis to stop smoking.


-University of Maryland Medical Center article.


-UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. A sizable mix of research.



-Harvard University Gazette articles x2.


-New York Times article.


-Stanford University article on changing perception with hypnosis.



-Stanford Univ. A mix.

Hypnosis for Weight Loss Articles (with snippets shown)

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ccp/64/3/517/  – (“At the last assessment period, the mean weight loss was 6.03 lbs. (2.74 kg) without hypnosis and 14.88 lbs. (6.75 kg) with hypnosis.”)

http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=1986-30794-001#  – (“The primary hypothesis that hypnosis is an effective treatment for weight loss was confirmed.”)

Smoking Cessation Articles (with snippets shown)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18569754  – (“It was concluded that hypnosis combined with NP compares favorably with standard behavioral counseling in generating long-term quit rates.”)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071022124741.htm  – (October 24, 2007 Source: American College of Chest Physicians. Summary: Hospitalized patients who smoke may be more likely to quit smoking through the use of hypnotherapy than patients using other smoking cessation methods. Smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy alone or patients who quit “cold turkey.”)