New Study: Oxytocin as a moderator of hypnotizability

June 30, 2011

New South Wales, Australia, Oxytocin, the hormone of love, bonding, protection, and empathy was the subject of a new oxytocin and hypnosis study. The study involving 40 men, was designed to determine if higher oxytocin levels increased their hypnotizability. Because relaxation is pivotal within the hypnosis relationship it was hypothesized that higher levels of oxytocin hormone would facilitate trust. The more oxytocin the more trust. Oxytocin increases trust by relaxing a part of the brain called the amygdala. Through the amygdala oxytocin also modulates cortisol production in the adrenals. The study found that increasing oxytocin spray prior to hypnosis the level of hypnotic response increased significantly compared to placebo oxytocin. The study clearly demonstrated that oxytocin spray taken prior to  hypnosis helped suspend reality. The study concluded that oxytocin can exponentially increase the number of individuals capable of a deeper hypnotic response. This is the first study of oxytocin and hypnosis.