BSCAH National

Science of suggestion & suggestibility: Seminar Series

When: 16/11/2021
About the training:

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 HeapBen Parris, and Devin Terhune. If you’d like to join our mailing list, please email us at


Log-in details for seminars will be sent out via our mailing list, along with updates about upcoming seminars.


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.