The Relationship of Cognitive Impairment to Hypnotic Susceptibility in a Sample of Elderly: A Pilot Study
James R. Hall, Melissa Pennington, Erica Swicegood, A. Scott Winter
DOI: 10.4236/psych.2012.31010   PDF    HTML     5,631 Downloads   9,023 Views   Citations


The relationship between cognitive impairment and hypnotic susceptibility in elderly individuals was investigated. The Stanford Hypnotic Suggestibility Scale (SHSS; Form C Modified) was administered to 30 volunteers between the ages of 65-87 who had been evaluated for cognitive impairment. The sample consisted of 14 normal controls, 8 subjects with mild Alzheimer’s disease, and 8 subjects with mild cognitive impairment. No significant differences between groups were found on performance on the SHSS. Results suggest that that hypnosis may be a useful adjunct to enhance the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for elderly patients with mild dementia.

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Hall, J. , Pennington, M. , Swicegood, E. & Scott Winter, A. (2012). The Relationship of Cognitive Impairment to Hypnotic Susceptibility in a Sample of Elderly: A Pilot Study. Psychology, 3, 62-64. doi: 10.4236/psych.2012.31010.

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