Consciousness, Altered States of Consciousness, and Behavior Regulation: Hypnosis



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The purpose of the course is to demonstrate how much contribution modern hypnosis research made to the renewed interest of psychology in consciousness, resulting significant data and ideas that enriched our knowledge and insight concerning the nature of consciousness. The lectures give detailed discussion of dissociative disorders supporting compartmental theories of consciousness, and also discuss inductions and phenomena of hypnosis – the behavioural, subjective and relational changes and dissociative phenomena occurring in hypnosis – and their neuroscientific background. The current problems and research directions in the hypnosis literature will be reviewed and critically discussed in seminars following the lectures.

Course requirements: active participation in course discussions of each topic (on the basis of reading the basic literature), and an oral or written report on the modern research material concerning any of the most debated issues of hypnosis literature.

  • Bányai, É. I. (1991) Toward a social-psychobiological model of hypnosis. In Lynn, S. J., Rhue, J. W. (Eds.) Theories of hypnosis: Current models and perspectives. New York, London: Guilford Press, 564–598.
  • Bányai, É. I. (1998) The interactive nature of hypnosis: Research evidence for a socialpsychobiological model. Contemporary Hypnosis, 15(1): 52–63.
  • Hilgard, E. R. (1986) Divided consciousness: Multiple controls in human thought and action. New York, etc.: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Jamieson, G. A. (ed.) (2007) Hypnosis and conscious states. The cognitive neuroscience perspective. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Nash, M. R., Barnier, A. (eds.) (2008) Oxford handbook of hypnosis. Oxford University Press.