Posthypnotic responding: the relevance of suggestion and test congruence.

The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis

PubMedID: 11430155

Barnier AJ, McConkey KM. Posthypnotic responding: the relevance of suggestion and test congruence. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001;49(3):207-19.
Thirty real, hypnotized subjects and 34 simulating, unhypnotized subjects were given either a suggestion to respond when they heard a cue (general) or a suggestion to respond when they heard a cue after hypnosis (posthypnotic). Half the subjects were given the cue during hypnosis (hypnotic test) and half were given it after hypnosis (posthypnotic test). Those who were given the cue during hypnosis were also given it after hypnosis. Between- and within-group comparisons were made of subjects' behavioral responses, latencies to respond, and ratings of experiential compulsion. The findings indicated that subjects' behavior and experience were influenced by congruence between information conveyed by the suggestion and the test about when and how they should respond.