The Science of Suggestion & Suggestibility is a seminar series that aims to bring together researchers and clinicians studying the science and application of suggestion and individual differences in the capacity to respond to suggestion. We welcome attendees from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines and we aim to provide a forum for critical, but friendly, discussion of the characteristics and mechanisms of suggestion.
For the time being, this seminar series is being run online via zoom and is hosted by Michael Heap, Ben Parris, and Devin Terhune. If you’d like to join our mailing list, please email us at email@example.com.
Log-in details for seminars will be sent out via our mailing list, along with updates about upcoming seminars.
Prof Luana Colloca
School of Nursing & Department of Anesthesiology, University of Maryland
16th November, 4pm GMT
Abstract coming soon.
Prof Irving Kirsch
Associate Director, Programme in Placebo Studies & Therapeutic Encounter (PiPs), Harvard Medical School
Harnessing the Placebo Effect Without Deception
14th December, 4pm GMT
Placebos are effective for many clinical conditions, but the assumption that deception is needed is a barrier to its use. Recent studies have shown that placebos can be effective even when presented openly and honestly as placebos. Hypnosis can be used to produce extra-strength placebo effects without deception. Among the suggestions that can be effective is the prescription of an imaginary pill, in or out of hypnosis.