Hypnotic suggestion

Does hypnotic suggestion alter the state of the motor cortex?

Are you over 55 years old?...


  • We are interested in studying the effect of hypnotic suggestion (a statement provided to someone under a hypnotic trance) on the activity of the brain.


  • It is suggested that hypnotic suggestion has the ability to change brain activity.
  • Recent research has only explored the effect of hypnotic suggestion in a young population. 
  • We are interested in whether a similar effect can be seen in an older population.


  • Non-invasive brain stimulation will be used to assess and measure the activity of the brain before and after an intervention pertaining to an aspect of hypnotic suggestion. Hand strength will also be measured.


  • The University of South Australia – City East Campus, Adelaide.


  •  Must be free from any problems affecting your mind or body (ie. diagnosis of dementia, or history of stroke)
  •  Must not have any metal or electrical implants (ie. skull plate, pacemaker etc.)

For more information and to register your interest please contact the Sansom Clinical Trial Facility on (08) 8302 1365 or email sansom.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au or email Claudia Neubauer neucr001@mymail.unisa.edu.au or phone: 0424 744 439

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee

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