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TI:"Towards a profile of the hypnotic state: Continuing the search for a state marker"
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DocumentTowards a profile of the hypnotic state: Continuing the search for a state marker2014

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012
Location: SEC PCA
2012 Grants
Start date: 2013-02

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-222
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 13/2012
222 - EEG functional connectivity in post-hypnotic amnesia
Duration: 2013-04 - 2016-04
Marios Kittenis, Graham Jamieson
Institution(s): Koestler Parapsychology Unit, University of Edinburgh (UK) and Neuropsychology Lab, School of Behavioural, Cognitive, and Social Sciences, The University of New England, Armindale (Australia)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Progress reports
Final report
Submitted paper
Language: eng
Kittenis, M.
Secondary author(s):
Jamieson, G.
Number of reproductions:
Psychophysiology and Parapsychology / Altered states of consciousness / Hypnosis / Personality factors / Cognitive processes / Memory / Brain structure and function

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2012-222.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 13/2012
Towards a profile of the hypnotic state: Continuing the search for a state marker
Publication year: 2014
It is widely disputed whether or not hypnosis, as distinct from responses to specific hypnotic suggestions, constitutes a discrete change in the operating state of the mind-brain system. If hypnotic responses require the on-set of such a background state, characteristic differences in the organization of neuronal activity should be visible between hypnotic and non-hypnotic conditions. This study sought to delineate a neuronal state ‘marker’ of hypnosis, thereby aiming to extend recent EEG findings of topographically specific increases in theta band functional connectivity and decreases in beta1 band connectivity in high compared to lows susceptible subjects following a hypnotic induction (Jamieson & Burgess, 2014). Specifically, this study extends the findings from sensor space (electrodes) to source space (cortical voxels). For this, resting EEG with eyes closed was recorded before, during and after hypnosis in 8 low susceptible and 11 high susceptible participants. Spectral band power analysis was conducted on the data, yielding, as expected, no significant results. Current source density estimations and connectivity analyses were done using the Key Institute eLORETA software. Cortical source activity did not show any significant hypnosis-related differences. However, as expected, hypnosis-related increases in functional connectivity in the theta band were found within nodes of the executive control network, in the salience network and in the default mode network. Moreover, also as expected, hypnosis-related decreases in beta1 band functional connectivity was found, specifically within nodes of the dorsal attention network and the executive control network. There were also two unexpected hypnosis-related increases in beta1 connectivity within nodes of the dorsal attention network and the salience network. These results indicate that reported changes in the theta and beta1 band functional connectivity in hypnosis are linked with a reorganization within the operations of the major networks regulating the flow of conscious experience, thereby supporting an altered state account of the hypnotic condition
Accessibility: Document exists in file
By permission
Tivadar, R.
Document type:
Master's thesis
Number of reproductions:
Tivadar, R. (2014). Towards a profile of the hypnotic state: Continuing the search for a state marker (Unpublished master´s thesis), School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Post-hypnotic amnesia / Functional connectivity / EEG

Towards a profile of the hypnotic state: Continuing the search for a state marker

Towards a profile of the hypnotic state: Continuing the search for a state marker