Memory by hypnosis.Hypnosis hypnosis
State that resembles sleep but is induced by a person (the hypnotist) whose suggestions are readily accepted by the subject. The hypnotized individual seems to respond in an uncritical, automatic fashion, ignoring aspects of the environment (e.g. can seem like magic. When in this dreamlike state, people are easily convinced to do things they wouldn't normally do.
Now, scientists have used hypnosis to study the mind's amazing a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
v.intr. and mysterious ability to focus on certain memories (such as the answer to a test question) while suppressing others (like what you did during vacation 3 years ago). The study may help explain how memory works and why it sometimes fails.
To peer into how the brain digs up memories, researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science The Weizmann Institute of Science (מכון ויצמן למדע) is a world-renowned institute of higher learning and research in Rehovot, Israel. in Rehovot, Israel, showed people a documentary film. A week later, the scientists attempted to hypnotize hypnotize /hyp·no·tize/ (-tiz) to induce a state of hypnosis.
To put a person into a state of hypnosis. the viewers. Some of the study participants were easily hypnotized. Others were not.
While under hypnosis, participants were told to forget the movie. They were then brought out of the hypnotic state Hypnotic state
A state of heightened awareness that can be used to modulate the perception of pain.
Mentioned in: Anesthesia, General and asked to respond to a set of yes-or-no questions about the movie. While they answered the questions, scanners monitored activity in their brains.
Participants then went through the process a second time. But this time, they were told to remember the movie.
Brain scans showed clear differences between people who succumbed to hypnosis and those who didn't. In general, those who weren't hypnotized showed more activity in more parts of their brains than those who were. But the people who entered the trancelike state showed extra activity in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex Noun 1. prefrontal cortex - the anterior part of the frontal lobe
cerebral cortex, cerebral mantle, cortex, pallium - the layer of unmyelinated neurons (the grey matter) forming the cortex of the cerebrum .
The researchers think that this area of the brain may be responsible for preventing a person from recalling certain memories. So, the prefrontal cortex might be the executive decision maker on whether you remember something or not.