Restoration of eidetic imagery via hypnotic age regression: More evidence

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Abstract

Investigated the restoration of eidetic imagery in a population of adult Ss with the aid of hypnotic age regression. Since such imagery reliably occurs in a minority of children, the employment of hypnosis to regress adults to a time when they were children indicated that this procedure can restore, temporarily, eidetic imagery in a minority of adults. From a larger pool of 482, 24 highly hypnotizable undergraduates, determined by their scores on the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, reported having had eidetic images as children. From this volunteer sample, only 2 (or 8.33% of the 24 or .42% of the 482) were able to succeed with an eidetic combination of 10,000 dot stereograms when hypnotically regressed. No other S, regardless of condition, succeeded. It is concluded that to demonstrate eidetic imagery an S must have an ability to be hypnotically age-regressed and a history of childhood eidetic imagery. It is suggested that the proportion of Ss meeting this criterion is much smaller than previously thought. (8 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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