Hypnotic suggestion alters the state of the motor cortex

Yudai Takarada, Daichi Nozaki

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Hypnosis often leads people to obey a suggestion of movement and to lose perceived voluntariness. This inexplicable phenomenon suggests that the state of the motor system may be altered by hypnosis; however, objective evidence for this is still lacking. Thus, we used transcranial magnetic stimulation of the primary motor cortex (M1) to investigate how hypnosis, and a concurrent suggestion that increased motivation for a force exertion task, influenced the state of the motor system. As a result, corticospinal excitability was enhanced, producing increased force exertion, only when the task-motivating suggestion was provided during hypnotic induction, showing that the hypnotic suggestion actually altered the state of M1 and the resultant behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Research
Volume85
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Hypnosis
  • Primary motor cortex
  • Suggestion
  • TMS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Hypnotic suggestion alters the state of the motor cortex'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this