Hypnosis and Meditation: Towards an Integrative Science of Conscious Planes

Hardcover | April 13, 2016

EditorAmir Raz, Michael Lifshitz

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Research over the past decade has helped to demystify hypnosis and meditation, bringing these practices into the scientific and clinical mainstream. Yet, while hypnosis and meditation overlap on many levels, few scientific accounts have explored their complementary rapprochement. Despitecultural and historical differences, hypnosis and meditation share common phenomenology, cognitive processes, and potential therapeutic merits.This book provides a synthesis of knowledge concerning the bridging of hypnosis and meditation. The authors adopt a trans-disciplinary approach considering cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to elucidate contemporary questions in cognitive, neurobiological, and clinical science.The book explores the relationship between hypnosis and meditation in five progressive sections:Part 1 investigates historical, cultural, and philosophical issues to contextualize the scientific study of contemplative practices. Part 2 presents a range of views concerning the similarities and differences between hypnosis and meditation. Part 3 explores the psychological and cognitive mechanisms at work. Part 4 integrates recent brain imaging findings to unravel the neural underpinnings. Part 5 examines how juxtaposing hypnosis and meditation can enhance clinical applications. Hypnosis and Meditation is a valuable resource to both specialists as well as interested lay readers, and paves the road to a more unified science of how attention influences states of brain, body, and consciousness.

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Research over the past decade has helped to demystify hypnosis and meditation, bringing these practices into the scientific and clinical mainstream. Yet, while hypnosis and meditation overlap on many levels, few scientific accounts have explored their complementary rapprochement. Despitecultural and historical differences, hypnosis and...

Professor Raz earned his Ph.D. in Brain Science from the Interdisciplinary Center for Computational Neuroscience at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of the late Professor Shlomo Bentin. He then went on to a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Michael Posner at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pagesPublished:April 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019875910X

ISBN - 13:9780198759102

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Table of Contents

Janet Gyatso: ForewordIrving Kirsch: ForewordSection I - Introduction1. Michael Lifshitz: Contemplative experience in context: Hypnosis, meditation, and the transformation of consciousnessSection II - Philosophical, historical, and cultural perspectives2. Anne Harrington: Thinking about trance over a century: The making of a set of impasses3. Thupten Jinpa: Visualization as mental cultivation: Expanding our understanding of meditation4. Quinton Deeley: Tranforming experience through Chod: Insights from hypnosis research5. Samuel Veissiere: Varieties of tulpa experiences: The hypnotic nature of human sociality, personhood, and interphenomenalitySection III - Similarities and differences6. Jelena Markovic and Evan Thompson: Hypnosis and meditation: A neurophenomenological comparison7. Zoltan Dienes, Peter Lush, Rebecca Semmens-Wheeler, Jim Parkinson, Ryan Scott, and Peter Naish: Hypnosis as self-deception; Meditation as self-insight8. Lynn C. Waelde, Jason M. Thompson, and David Spiegel: Hypnosis and mindfulness: Experiential and neurophysiological relationships9. Charles Tart: Meditation: Some kind of (self)-hypnosis? A deeper look10. Vince Polito and Michael H. Connors: Towards a science of internal experience: Conceptual and methodological issues in hypnosis and meditation researchSection IV - Cognitive mechanisms11. Kieran Fox, Yoona Kang, Michael Lifshitz, and Kalina Christoff: Increasing cognitive-emotional flexibility with meditation and hypnosis: The cognitive neuroscience of de-automatization12. Benjamin Mooneyham and Jonathan W. Schooler: Mind-wandering and meta-awareness in hypnosis and meditation: Relating executive function across states of consciousness13. John Vervaeke and Leonardo Ferraro: Reformulating the mindfulness construct: The cognitive processes at work in mindfulness, hypnosis and mystical states14. Ulrich Ott: Absorption in hypnotic trance and meditationSection V - Neural underpinnings15. Etzel Cardena: Towards comprehensive neurophenomenological research in hypnosis and meditation16. Yi-Yuan Tang and Michael I. Posner: Influencing conflict in the human brain by changing brain states17. Graham Jamieson: A unified theory of hypnosis and meditation states: The interoceptive predictive coding approach18. William J. McGeown: Hypnosis, hypnotic suggestibility and meditation: An integrative review of the associated brain regions and networksSection VI - Clinical applications19. Michael Yapko: Suggesting mindfulness: Reflections on the uneasy relationship between mindfulness and hypnosis20. Norman Farb: Self-transformation through hypnosis and mindfulness meditation: What exactly is being transformed?21. Fadel Zeidan and Joshua Grant: Meditative and hypnotic analgesia: Different directions, same road?22. Tony Toneatto and Erin Courtice: Hypnosis and mindfulness meditation: A psychoanalytic perspective23. Steven J. Lynn, Joseph P. Green, Victor Elinoff, Jessica Baltman, and Reed Maxwell: When worlds combine: Synthesizing hypnosis, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches to psychotherapy and smoking cessationSection VII - Conclusion24. Amir Raz: Hypnosis and meditation as vehicles to elucidate human consciousnessDan Brown: Afterword