نقش آرام سازی و پیشنهادات خاص در بی حسی عاطفی خواب آور
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|31935||2007||8 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||4883 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : International Journal of Psychophysiology, Volume 63, Issue 1, January 2007, Pages 125–132
The cognitive characteristics of highly hypnotizable subjects (Highs) allow them to easily modify their cognitive and autonomic state. Under hypnosis, Highs receiving cognitive, fear-like stimulation exhibit the cardiovascular changes typical of fear/stress, but also show an EEG pattern indicating a balance between fear-induced arousal and hypnotic relaxation. Indeed, hypnosis is effective in the attenuation of both emotional experience and behaviour (emotional numbing). The aim of the present experiment was to investigate the possible different role of relaxation and suggestion in hypnotic emotional numbing. Tonic skin conductance, respirogram, heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure were recorded in 3 groups of hypnotized subjects: Group 1 received a fearful guided imagery associated with threat suggestions (Threat) followed by the same fearful suggestion associated with numbing instructions (relaxation and “No-Threat”); Group 2 received the same instructions in the opposite order of presentation; Group 3 received the fearful suggestion with threat instructions twice. The numbing suggestion reduced fear-related emotional experience and autonomic responses; if No-Threat preceded Threat, the heart rate, heart rate variability and blood pressure were also reduced during Threat, in spite of self reports of high negative emotion. Thus, 1) the subjective experience and the autonomic response to fear can be dissociated; 2) the efficacy of numbing suggestion is extended to a subsequent Threat stimulation; 3) habituation does not contribute to the numbing effect. The results indicate that the specific numbing suggestion is the main factor in hypnotic modulation of the experience of fear.
Studies of the physiological correlates of hypnotizability show that this cognitive trait is associated with the ability to modulate the mind–body relationship depending on the specific instructions administered to subjects and on their state of consciousness. For instance, differential activation of the sensory motor areas and orbito-frontal/cingulated cortex of the brain was noted depending upon whether hypnotic suggestions were for decrease of the sensory (Hofbauer et al., 2001) or affective (Rainville et al., 1997 and Faymonville et al., 2003) dimensions of pain. Suggestions of different pain-related emotions can also modulate the heart rate increase observed in hypnotized highly susceptible subjects (Highs) during painful stimulation (Rainville et al., 2005). Both cortical activities and autonomic responses are also modulated by suggestions of pleasant/unpleasant situations (Crawford et al., 1996, De Pascalis et al., 1989 and Sebastiani et al., 2003a). In particular, hypnotized Highs performing guided imagery of a moderately unpleasant situation exhibit the autonomic reactions typically induced by aversive stimulation, namely acceleration of heart and respiratory frequency and increased tonic skin conductance; however, analysis of the EEG pattern revealed an increase of the relative powers of the frequency bands most associated with arousal (beta, gamma) without changes of the activity in bands classically considered indexes of relaxation (theta, alfa). This suggests a balance between the arousal induced by aversive suggestion and the relaxation associated with the hypnotic state induced by classical relaxation procedures. In contrast, when Highs were not hypnotized, guided imagery of the same moderately fearful situations induces the experience of fear but not the expected autonomic reaction (Sebastiani et al., 2003b), suggesting a hypnotizability-related buffering of the autonomic correlates of aversive stimulation. This hypothesis can be done because no suggestion of relaxation and/or emotional modification had been associated with the guided fearful imagery. This buffering mechanism that might represent a natural protection against the autonomic effects of aversive stimulation is partially maintained in Highs affected by specific phobia. In these subjects, guided imagery of the phobic object induces autonomic activation, but it is less pronounced than in low hypnotizable individuals (Lows) (Gemignani et al., 2006). Hypnosis is commonly used in desensitization procedures (Spiegel et al., 1981 and Crawford and Barabasz, 1993); indeed, the cognitive characteristics of Highs (Wolpe and Lazarus, 1966, Crawford, 1989, Crawford and Barabasz, 1993 and Crawford et al., 1993) allow them to experience suggestions quite like an in vivo exposure and to modify their autonomic responses accordingly (Sebastiani et al., 2003b and Santarcangelo and Sebastiani, 2004). Hypnosis is effective in the attenuation of both the behavioral (i.e. facial EMG activity) and experiential (i.e. self report of negative emotion) aspects of emotion (numbing) (Bryant and Kourch, 2001, Bryant and Mallard, 2002 and Bryant, 2005). This numbing effect could be related to specific suggestions and/or to relaxation. Indeed, in phobia desensitization therapies, relaxation per se has been considered responsible for the extinction of the phobia (McGlynn et al., 1999); its effectiveness has been attributed to a reconceptualization of the phobic object due to changes in the central representation of the autonomic state induced by relaxation (Nagai et al., 2004). This can occur because autonomic changes are monitored by cortical areas involved also in the evaluation of cognitive activity (Critchley et al., 2002 and Critchley et al., 2004). In this way, central, top–down mechanisms and peripheral, down–top modulations can cooperate in the modification of both experience and behavior. This effect should be more marked in Highs, who are more able than Lows to modify the sympathetic–parasympathetic balance during neutral hypnosis (Santarcangelo et al., 1992 and De Benedittis et al., 1994). However, the specific roles of suggestion and relaxation in hypnotic numbing have yet to be specifically addressed. Moreover, nothing is known about the “conditioning” power of emotional numbing during a subsequent fearful suggestion administered during the same hypnotic session. Only the efficacy of a post hypnotic suggestion of numbing has been studied (Weiss et al., 1987). Therefore, the aim of the present experiment was to study hypnotic numbing in 3 groups of healthy hypnotized Highs each receiving a different series of stimulation during a single experimental session. Group 1 received a fearful guided imagery associated with threat suggestions followed by the same fearful suggestion associated with numbing instructions (relaxation and “no-threat”); Group 2 received a numbed fearful suggestion followed by a non numbed one. To exclude possible habituation/sensitization effects, Group 3 received two successive non numbed fearful suggestions.