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Nightmare Inductions: Reactions

Posted by admin on February 25, 2014

Noxious Sector Arts Collective

A participant responds to the Dreams of Teeth induction experience.

So far, we've seen a range of strong reactions to the participatory works in Nightmare Inductions. One CoCA board member reported she'd had more nightmares since undergoing the Dreams of Teeth induction experience. Others say they found the experience enjoyable, and felt more relaxed and tranquil afterward.

Did you have an interesting reaction to the work? Let us know. Comment here or post on our Facebook Page.

Did You Know?

  • Some people are more susceptible to trance induction than others. Studies show this variability correlates with creativity, empathy, mental absorption, fantasy proneness, and the subject's expectations.
  • About 7 out of 10 people experience dreams about damage to their teeth.

From a viewer:

In dream interpretation the loss of teeth indicates reproduction, ie having children, either a fear of not having them, or loss of the ability to have children.

The Great Hypnosis Debate

Opinions about the validity and power of hypnosis tend to fall into two oppositional camps: skeptics and practitioners. However, recent research involving neuro-imaging is beginning to have an impact on the impasse.

In a 2000 study, highly hypnotizable subjects were instructed to see color while viewing a grey scale version of a Piet Mondrian painting. They were run through the exercise while fully awake and also under hypnosis. While under hypnosis, PET brain scans showed that the color perception areas of their brains were active, even though they were looking at a grey image. The hypnotic suggestion actually affected neural processes in visual perception. These findings argue against the theory that subjects under hypnosis are simply playing a role or faking it.

Read the full study here:


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