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Monday, January 23 2017 at 7:30PM
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What's the talk about?
Hypnosis has always been the subject of much confusion, controversy and scepticism. For as long as anyone can remember the story has been that the mystery and confusion has been clearing and we now have much better understanding of hypnosis from a rational and scientific standpoint. Perusal of most books on hypnosis currently populating the shelves of major bookstores, not to mention what is thrown up by internet search engines, suggests that this is far from the case. Yet the accumulated results of well-controlled laboratory research has confirmed hypnosis as an authentic psychological phenomenon that can be investigated in an objective manner in normal individuals and about which plausible theories have been developed based on mainstream neuropsychology. The speaker will discuss one major reason for this discrepancy and what, if anything, can be done about it.
Michael Heap is a clinical and forensic psychologist and former lecturer at the University of Sheffield. As well as having extensive experience as a practitioner of clinical hypnosis he has written and taught widely on the subject and has been involved as an expert witness in many civil and criminal cases that have involved hypnosis and related practices.