All posts tagged hypnosis

Can subliminal messages cause changes in behavior and belief? In short, no; however, I plan to dive into this mysterious concept of subliminal messages, and to debunk some common misconceptions about them. I will explore the absolute threshold which is a concept in psychology that describes when stimuli are first perceived by an individual, and I plan to have an actual test in my presentation which will illustrate both stimuli below and above the absolute threshold, and will show that two distinct individuals may have different absolute thresholds. I will then look at subliminal messages in relation to absolute threshold as stimuli that are purposely set below the absolute threshold. After looking at these mechanisms of subliminal messaging, I plan to describe experiments preformed that involve subliminal messages that show that they do not work as they are intended. Now having shown that subliminal messages do not work as they are intended to, I will suggest some possible alternatives to subliminal messages that may cause behavioral changes. I plan to first explore the concept of cognitive ease which is a psychological mechanism that describes how hard the brain is working to accomplish a task, and I will give some examples where I display two problems one which takes no effort and will take less than a second to solve, and another problem that is more complex. The point behind this exercise is to prove that some problems use a lot less mental work than others, and then I will explain that when exposed to a stimulus even one that is false because of the repeated exposure, the mind will start to perceive it as true. In my final section, I plan to look at hypnosis which is simply having suggestions given to you, and I will look at a study which shows that participants who are subjected to hypnosis before doing a cognitive test perform better than they did without hypnosis. Thus, hypnosis and cognitive ease can help provide alternative ways that affect behavior.