The Sussex-Waterloo Scale of hypnotisability (SWASH): measuring capacity or altering conscious experience

Lush, P, Moga, G, McLatchie, N and Dienes, Z (2018) The Sussex-Waterloo Scale of hypnotisability (SWASH): measuring capacity or altering conscious experience. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 4 (1). niy006 1-7. ISSN 2057-2107

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The ability to respond to hypnotic suggestibility (hypnotisability) is a stable trait which can be measured in a standardised procedure consisting of a hypnotic induction and a series of hypnotic suggestions. The SWASH is a 10-item adaptation of an established scale, the Waterloo-Stanford Group C Scale of Hypnotic Suggestibility (WSGC). Development of the SWASH was motivated by three distinct aims: to reduce required screening time, to provide an induction which more accurately reflects current theoretical understanding and to supplement the objective scoring with experiential scoring. Screening time was reduced by shortening the induction, removing two suggestions which may cause distress (dream and age regression) and by modifications which allow administration in lecture theatres, so that more participants can be screened simultaneously. Theoretical issues were addressed by removing references to sleep, absorption and eye fixation and closure. Data from 418 participants at the University of Sussex and the Lancaster University are presented, along with data from 66 participants who completed a re-test screening. The subjective and objective scales were highly correlated. The subjective scale showed good reliability and objective scale reliability was comparable to the WSGC. The addition of subjective scale responses to the post-hypnotic suggestion (PHS) item suggested a high probability that responses to PHS are inflated in WSGC screening. The SWASH is an effective measure of hypnotisability, which reflects changes in conscious experience and presents practical and theoretical advantages over existing scales.

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Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellena Adams
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2018 16:24
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:21

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