Hypnosis – it’s all in your brain

Although hypnosis has been used clinically to aid smoking cessation and to overcome phobias or pain, not everyone is hypnotisable, psychiatrists say.

Researchers from Stanford University now believe they know why, following a functional MRI study of 12 hypnotisable and 12 non-hypnotisable volunteers.

While hypnotisability has been put down to personality type or psychological traits, the Stanford team set out to find a neurobiological basis for it.