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Lucid Dream Induction : Effects of Hypnotizability and Posthypnotic Suggestions on Reported Frequency

By Vicki L. Holoubeck-Arnold


The present study investigated the moderating influences of hypnotic susceptibility and posthypnotic suggestions on induction of lucid dreams. Forty two subjects - 13 high, 14 medium, and 15 low hypnotizables - were selected for inclusion in the study. All subjects were screened for hypnotic susceptibility levels initially on the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic susceptibility (HGSHS:A), then later on the Group Stanford Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility (GSHSS:C). Subjects were then required to maintain a dream diary for 2 weeks, after which they were given a posthypnotic suggestion to increase their frequency of lucid dreaming. Subjects were then asked to maintain their dream diaries for another 2 weeks. A two-way analysis of variance failed to yield significant differences as a function of hypnotic susceptibility (F(2,39) = .46, ns) Similarly, the frequency of lucid dreams failed to increase as a function of the posthypnotic suggestion (F(1,39) = .36, ns). Implications for theory, practice, and future research were discussed

Topics: Psychology, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publisher: FHSU Scholars Repository
Year: 1992
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