Hypnotizability and sensorimotor integration: an Italian Space Agency project.

Research paper by Manuel M Menzocchi, Giulia G Paoletti, Alexa A Huber, Giancarlo G Carli, Francesca I FI Cavallaro, Diego D Manzoni, Enrica L EL Santarcangelo

Indexed on: 26 Feb '10Published on: 26 Feb '10Published in: The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis


In highly hypnotizable individuals (highs), postural control is more independent of sensory information than in low hypnotizable subjects (lows). The aim of the study was to find out whether locomotion is also less affected in highs than in lows by visual suppression and changes in the neck proprioceptive input. Eighteen highs and 20 lows were asked to walk straight ahead, blindfolded, in basal conditions (face forward), during real and imagined right/left head rotation and mental computation. Highs detected deviations from the straight trajectory better than lows. Their walking direction was more straight during basal conditions and less influenced than the lows' one by mental computation and real/imagined rotation of the head. The results confirm highs' lower dependence on sensory inputs, although this cannot be definitely attributed to a better internal representation of space or to higher behavioral automaticity.