Attention and Consciousness

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Attention and Consciousness – Unlearning Through Hypnosis Jill Rudiger June 8, 2015 PSY 335 University of Phoenix The study shown in the video Attention and Consciousness – Unlearning Through Hypnosis, focuses on the Stroop Color-Word test which is used in experiments concerning attention (Psychology media suite [Video file], 2008). It simply asks the participant to name the ink color a word is printed in. The catch is that the word “blue” might be printed in red ink. This sets up a cognitive conflict within the brain (“Hypnotic Suggestion Can Reduce Conflict In Human Brain, Weill Cornell Medical College Researchers Report”, 2005). Subjects that were considered “highly suggestible” were asked to take this test in practice sessions…show more content…
This could lead to solving real world issues by helping children with disorders such as depression, anxiety, pain management, and phobias. Using the scientific method is how I would test this hypothesis. The steps for doing this would include: forming a hypothesis which is “children are more susceptible to hypnosis and suggestion than adults”, devise a study and collect data, examine the results of data, and report findings. The study I would want to devise would build upon Dr. Raz’s study of hypnosis using the Stroop Color-Word test. I believe this is not harmful to children and the results could be very beneficial. The only stipulation would be that the children be old enough and capable of reading on their own. After performing these experiments, I would collect the data from them and present them in a document. Hypnosis has been used for many years in many different cultures including Druid, Celtic, and Egyptian. However, in Western culture it is still considered to be an alternative to mainstream medicine. Children seem to be better candidates for hypnosis because they don’t have years of conditioning biases that many adults have and they are less inclined to question the process. Hypnosis can be used to treat a plethora of issues and disorders in children such as learning problems, academic performance, anxiety, sleep issues like nightmares, night terrors, or bedwetting,
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