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June 28, 1965

Hypnotism via TV May Find Application In Group Therapy, Research, Education

JAMA. 1965;192(13):29-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080260073040

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Abstract

Some persons can be hypnotized via television, two psychiatrists reported at the 114th Annual Convention of the American Medical Association.

Their experimental findings, they said, point to broad, future uses of hypnosis in mass education, research, group treatment, and even space exploration.

But they warned that the hypnosis-via-TV technique also offers the possibility "that unscrupulous operators can confuse, exploit, and deceive hypnotizable subjects."

The investigators are Herbert Spiegel, MD, assistant clinical professor, and James H. Ryan, MD, instructor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.

Remote Signals  They told of two experiments in which hypnotizable subjects were induced into trance states via remote TV signals. Sensory and motor alterations were also invoked in both subjects and sustained posthypnotically.The hypnotist was not physically present until later, when by touching the subjects he ended the posthypnotic alterations.The first subject was a 20-year-old woman who had already been

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