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Hypnosis and deep hypnotic states are the place where neural plasticity can be accelerated

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

There was a great episode on Joe Rogan's podcast a week ago with Stanford University Neuroscientist, Andrew Huberman; where he explains the connection between neuroplasticity (your brain's ability to make changes, reorganize itself, and form new neural connections), and hypnosis.

Huberman says, "The one thing that's very close to visualisation, which is very powerful based on neuroimaging studies, (so legitimate science, I should say), is hypnosis.

"Hypnosis is a really unique state of mind and body. I'm very interested in hypnosis because of the work with (*Dr. David) Spiegel, and the incredible success that he's had with pain management, smoking cessation, these kinds of things. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, not unlike sleep, but also deep focus, so it's very unlike any other state of mind."

"Hypnosis is a deliberate narrowing of context.. so the person or the audio script is bringing you into a state of mind that's centered around particular types of events, but you're in deep rest, and the idea is that you're taking that plasticity process of focus and urgency and then rest, and you're combining them into a single session. And so hypnosis and deep hypnotic states are the place where neural plasticity can be accelerated."

Update! You can now listen to the full episode (#1513) on Spotify, at It's very enjoyable! & Follow Andrew Huberman (@hubermanlab) on Instagram, for more wonderful insights, his posts are always wonderfully informative, fascinating and educational.


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