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Psychology  2018 

The Mysterious Hypnotic Analgesia: Experimental Evidences

DOI: 10.4236/psych.2018.98112, PP. 1935-1956

Keywords: Hypnosis, Analgesia, Anaesthesia, Pain, Pain Control, Experimental Setting, Physiology, Cold Pressor Test, Ischemic Pain, Dentistry, Surgery, Reflex Response, Sympathetic Drive, Electroencephalography

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In the last years, the Laboratory of Experimental Hypnosis of the University of Padova and of the Institute Franco Granone of Torino, also in collaboration with the Foundation Hospital San Camillo in Venice, studied the effectiveness and the mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia in non-trigeminal an trigeminal pain. In this paper, the results of our work are summarized, starting from what was already known on the topic and exploring experimentally many different aspects of hypnotic analgesia. All the studies described in the present paper were conducted following scientific protocols and using the methods and means of Galilean science, employing in particular many instruments pertaining to human physiology and belonging to cardiology and neurology. This leads to the demonstration that hypnotic analgesia is an objective, real and measurable phenomenon.

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