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The Influence of Hypnotizability and Dissociation on Ganzfeld Experiences and Mind-Wandering

Markusson Clavertz, David LU (2010) PSYM01 20101
Department of Psychology
Abstract
Many studies have shown that people report unusual experiences when their senses are exposed to unstructured, monotonous stimuli. However, individual differences in responsiveness are poorly understood. The present study used a sensory homogenization procedure (i.e., ganzfeld) to address this issue. High (n = 15) and low hypnotizable individuals (n = 14), also measured on dissociation, completed a mind-wandering task during ganzfeld stimulation and a control condition (in total; 8 males and 21 females, Mage = 22.55, SDage = 4.22). They also retrospectively reported their experiences in reference to each condition. Condition, hypnotizability, and dissociation were expected to interact in terms of mind-wandering and alterations in... (More)
Many studies have shown that people report unusual experiences when their senses are exposed to unstructured, monotonous stimuli. However, individual differences in responsiveness are poorly understood. The present study used a sensory homogenization procedure (i.e., ganzfeld) to address this issue. High (n = 15) and low hypnotizable individuals (n = 14), also measured on dissociation, completed a mind-wandering task during ganzfeld stimulation and a control condition (in total; 8 males and 21 females, Mage = 22.55, SDage = 4.22). They also retrospectively reported their experiences in reference to each condition. Condition, hypnotizability, and dissociation were expected to interact in terms of mind-wandering and alterations in experiences. Significant interactions were found for the behavioral mind-wandering task, but not for the subjective reports. High hypnotizables engaged more in mind-wandering during ganzfeld stimulation relative to control, whereas lows showed the reverse pattern. These two populations are argued to be a valuable source for the study of different types of mind-wandering. (Less)
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author
Markusson Clavertz, David LU
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organization
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PSYM01 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
altered states, dissociation, hypnotizability, mind-wandering, Ganzfeld
language
English
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1623805
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2010-07-08 14:25:25
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  abstract     = {Many studies have shown that people report unusual experiences when their senses are exposed to unstructured, monotonous stimuli. However, individual differences in responsiveness are poorly understood. The present study used a sensory homogenization procedure (i.e., ganzfeld) to address this issue. High (n = 15) and low hypnotizable individuals (n = 14), also measured on dissociation, completed a mind-wandering task during ganzfeld stimulation and a control condition (in total; 8 males and 21 females, Mage = 22.55, SDage = 4.22). They also retrospectively reported their experiences in reference to each condition. Condition, hypnotizability, and dissociation were expected to interact in terms of mind-wandering and alterations in experiences. Significant interactions were found for the behavioral mind-wandering task, but not for the subjective reports. High hypnotizables engaged more in mind-wandering during ganzfeld stimulation relative to control, whereas lows showed the reverse pattern. These two populations are argued to be a valuable source for the study of different types of mind-wandering.},
  author       = {Markusson Clavertz, David},
  keyword      = {altered states,dissociation,hypnotizability,mind-wandering,Ganzfeld},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Influence of Hypnotizability and Dissociation on Ganzfeld Experiences and Mind-Wandering},
  year         = {2010},
}