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    Using suggestion to model different types of automatic writing

    Walsh, Eamonn and Mehtab, M.A. and Oakley, D.A. and Guilmettee, D.N. and Gabaya, A. and Halligand, P.W. and Deeleya, Q. (2014) Using suggestion to model different types of automatic writing. Consciousness and Cognition 26 , pp. 24-36. ISSN 1053-8100.

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    Our sense of self includes awareness of our thoughts and movements, and our control over them. This feeling can be altered or lost in neuropsychiatric disorders as well as in phenomena such as “automatic writing” whereby writing is attributed to an external source. Here, we employed suggestion in highly hypnotically suggestible participants to model various experiences of automatic writing during a sentence completion task. Results showed that the induction of hypnosis, without additional suggestion, was associated with a small but significant reduction of control, ownership, and awareness for writing. Targeted suggestions produced a double dissociation between thought and movement components of writing, for both feelings of control and ownership, and additionally, reduced awareness of writing. Overall, suggestion produced selective alterations in the control, ownership, and awareness of thought and motor components of writing, thus enabling key aspects of automatic writing, observed across different clinical and cultural settings, to be modelled.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): thought insertion, alien control of movement, awareness, control, ownership, hypnosis, mediumship
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 09:39
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:20


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