ERIC Number: ED194875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Improving Reading Performances through Hypnosis.
Fillmer, H. Thompson; And Others
A study was undertaken to investigate the effects of one hypnotic session on the reading improvement of high-risk college students with low aptitude scores and histories of failure in academic situations. The 27 students in the experimental group participated in a one-hour hypnosis session in which they were given a procedure to follow for self-hypnosis before reading activities. Another 33 students served as a control group. The records that the students in the experimental group kept helped divide that group into three categories for further analysis: those students who hypnotized themselves fewer than five times, those who hypnotized themselves from five to nine times, and those who hypnotized themselves more than nine times. The experimental group as a whole showed greater gains on vocabulary and comprehension test scores than the control group. The data also indicated that students who hypnotized themselves more than nine times during the ten weeks of the study made significantly greater improvements in both reading vocabulary and comprehension than those who hypnotized themselves fewer times or students in the control group. The results clearly indicated that the regular use of self-hypnosis significantly improved reading performance. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida State Reading Council (18th, St. Petersburg, FL, October 16-18, 1980).