The role of expectancy in the performance of posthypnotic behavior

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“The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the effective enactment of a posthypnotic suggestion is dependent upon the nature of the setting in which the suggestion is carried out. On the basis of data obtained from thirteen hypnotic Ss, the results were as follows: (a) the continued performance of a posthypnotic suggestion is a function of S's belief that the hypnotist expects the behavior to occur . . . (b) . . . the eventual meaning appears to be determined by S's inferences as to the hypnotist's expectations. (c) . . . Ss are equally capable of rationalizing their lack of posthypnotic behavior.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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