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Can Imagining Actions as Occurring Involuntarily Cause Intentional Behaviour to Feel Involuntary?use asterix (*) to get italics
Kevin Sheldrake, Zoltan DienesPlease use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p>The cold control theory of response to imaginative suggestions calling for distortions in veridical experience (including hypnotic suggestions) states that behavioural and cognitive responses are generated intentionally, but are perceived as involuntary due to inaccurate higher order thoughts of intending. Previous research has placed imagination as central to this response, yet imagined scenarios alone do not appear to result in feelings of automaticity or involuntariness. Here we seek to explore whether imagined involuntariness, while imagining not being aware of thoughts to the contrary, will result in a greater sensation of involuntariness. We compared training in imagined involuntariness with simple practice in responding to imaginative suggestions, by comparing scores for subjective response and feelings of involuntariness for six suggestions. The pilot results have been confirmed as reproducible by an independent statistician. The results were insensitive, but a (not pre-registered) post hoc analysis indicated that had the test suggestions been limited to motor suggestions (as the training had been), with the hallucination suggestions eliminated, then it would have found evidence to support the training group resulting in greater subjective effects and sensations of involuntariness than the control group. In this registered report we replicate the procedure but &nbsp;with a test phase of only motor suggestions, to attempt to confirm the finding that the training on motor suggestions works for motor suggestions. If that study is successful, we will repeat but with the training including hallucination suggestions and a test phase of only hallucination suggestions &nbsp;to determine whether training can generalise to hallucination suggestions as well as motor suggestions. The results bare on the debate as to whether hypnotic response can be trained.</p>
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hypnosis, hypnotic suggestions, imaginative suggestions, higher order thoughts, metacognition, involuntariness, automaticity, phenomenological control
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2023-11-25 16:24:53
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