Standard Article


  1. Steven Jay Lynn,
  2. Sean Barnes,
  3. Elza Boycheva

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0426

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Lynn, S. J., Barnes, S. and Boycheva, E. 2010. Hypnosis. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. Binghamton University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


From the time of Mesmer, hypnosis has captured the attention of luminaries in psychology including Sigmund Freud, Alfred Binet, William James, Wilhelm Wundt, Clark Hull, and Ernest R. Hilgard. Today, hypnosis is well positioned within the mainstream of psychology. Researchers have debunked common misconceptions about hypnosis and identified important social and cognitive determinants of suggestibility, and clinicians have recognized the promise of hypnosis in treating an array of psychological and medical conditions.