Mechanisms of pain...URGENT

hjc hjc at
Fri Jun 7 12:18:22 EST 1996

You are interested in ways to control pain too.

There is a rich literature on the use of hypnosis in the control of pain
and also some excellent papers on the psychophysiology of hypnotic analgesia.

Here are a few references:

E.R. Hilgard and J.R. Hilgard (1994 - 3rd revision)
Hypnosis in the Relief of Pain

Crawford, H. J. (1994).  Brain dynamics and hypnosis:  
Attentional and disattentional processes.  
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 52, 204-232.

Crawford, H. J., Gur, R. C., Skolnick, B., Gur, R. E., 
& Benson, D. M. (1993).  Effects of hypnosis on regional 
cerebral blood flow during ischemic pain 
with and without suggested hypnotic analgesia.  
International Journal of Psychophysiology, 15, 181-196.

Crawford, H. J., Brown, A. M., & Moon, C. E. (1993).  
Sustained and dissociative-like attentional abilities:  
Differences between low and highly hypnotizable persons.  
Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 102, 534-543.

De Pascalis, V., Crawford, H. J., & Marucci, F. S. (1992). 
Analgesia ipnotica nella modulazione del dolore:  
Effeti sui potenziali somatosensoriali.  
[The modulation of pain by hypnotic analgesia:  
Effect on somatosensory evoked potentials.]  
Comunicazioni Scientifiche di Psicologie Generale, 71-89.

Sabourin, J. M., Cutcomb, S. D., Crawford, H. J., 
& Pribram, K. (1990). EEG correlates of hypnotic susceptibility 
and hypnotic trance: Spectral analysis and coherence. 
International Journal of Psychophysiology, 10, 125-142.  

Helen J. Crawford, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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