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Hypnosis Research

 

Instruments for Assessing Hypnotizability

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Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A (HGSHS:A)

Link to the standard HGSHS:A script, as originally published by Consulting Psychologists Press, and now out of print(PDF).

Link to the HGSHS:A subject's self-report response booklet, as modified by J.F. Kihlstrom (PDF).

Link to information on the measurement of involuntariness on HGSHS:A (HTML).

 

Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, Form C (SHSS:C)

Link to the SHSS:C script, as modified by J.F. Kihlstrom (PDF)).

Link to the SHSS:C experimenter's scoring sheet, as modified by J.F. Kihlstrom (PDF).

Link to the manual for the "tailored" version of SHSS:C, as developed by Hilgard et al. (PDF)


Stanford Profile Scales of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Forms I and II (SPSHS:I & II)

Brenneman, H.A., & Kihlstrom, J.F.  (1986).  Patterns of hypnotic abilities.  Unpublished manuscript, University of Arizona.  Reports an early cluster analysis of data from the Stanford Profile Scales of Hypnotic Susceptibility.  Subsequently revised in 1987 and 1988.


Other Materials

Assessment of hypnotizability.  Presentation to the Research Workshop of the annual meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Berkeley, California, October 2013.  Link to slide show.

Human subjects issues in hypnosis research.  Presentation to the Research Workshop of the annual meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Berkeley, California, October 2013.  Link to slide show.

Link to materials pertaining to subject recruitment for hypnosis research.

Link to the script for the Arizona Motor Scale of Hypnotizability (AMSH), a special-purpose instrument not intended for general use -- and certainly not intended as a substitute for HGSHS:A or SHSS:C.  Link to a page analyzing the performance of a normative sample of college-student subjects.

Link to a script for building rapport with subjects and patients prior to their first experience of hypnosis (PDF).

Link to a Human Subjects Protocol that covered my hypnosis research at the University of California, Berkeley (HTML).  

Link to information on the Tellegen Absorption Scale (Tellegen & Atkinson, 1973), often administered prior to a subject's first experience of hypnosis (HTML). At the request of the University of Minnesota Press, I have removed from my website a copy of the actual Absorption Scale.  For more information about the Tellegen Absorption Scale, please contact the University of Minnesota Press (and tell them their policy is silly).

Links to tests of mental imagery, often administered prior to a subject's first experience of hypnosis (HTML): 

 

This page last revised 11/18/2013.