The aim of the experiment was to investigate whether the peculiar attentional/imagery abilities associated with susceptibility to hypnosis might make postural control in highly hypnotizable subjects (Highs) that are less vulnerable to sensory alteration than in individuals with low hypnotic susceptibility (Lows). The movement of the centre of pression (CoP) was monitored in Highs and Lows during alteration of the visual and leg proprioceptive input. The two groups responded differently to eyes closure and to an unstable support and the CoP movement was generally larger and faster in Highs. The stabilogram diffusion analysis indicated a different set point in Highs and Lows and suggested that the former are more independent of specific sensory information than the latter, likely due to different abilities in sensory re-weighting and/or peculiar internal models of postural control. The results are discussed within the general perspective of high pervasiveness of the hypnotizability trait, which modulates cognitive, autonomic and somatic functions.

Hypnotizability-dependent modulation of postural control: effects of the alteration of the visual and leg proprioceptive inputs

SANTARCANGELO, ENRICA LAURA;MACERATA, ALBERTO MARCO MARIA;MANZONI, DIEGO
2008

Abstract

The aim of the experiment was to investigate whether the peculiar attentional/imagery abilities associated with susceptibility to hypnosis might make postural control in highly hypnotizable subjects (Highs) that are less vulnerable to sensory alteration than in individuals with low hypnotic susceptibility (Lows). The movement of the centre of pression (CoP) was monitored in Highs and Lows during alteration of the visual and leg proprioceptive input. The two groups responded differently to eyes closure and to an unstable support and the CoP movement was generally larger and faster in Highs. The stabilogram diffusion analysis indicated a different set point in Highs and Lows and suggested that the former are more independent of specific sensory information than the latter, likely due to different abilities in sensory re-weighting and/or peculiar internal models of postural control. The results are discussed within the general perspective of high pervasiveness of the hypnotizability trait, which modulates cognitive, autonomic and somatic functions.
Santarcangelo, ENRICA LAURA; Scattina, E.; Carli, G.; Macerata, ALBERTO MARCO MARIA; Manzoni, Diego
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