WSU Professor Arreed Barabasz is seeking volunteers for his hypnosis age regression research being conducted in the Attentional Processes/Hypnosis Lab. The research is the next step in his program to isolate aspects of child-like behavior that can be elicited only by hypnosis versus those that can be role-played.

The final group of subjects will be working with the lab during the first and second week of October.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn about and experience hypnosis. Hypnotizability is tested using a standard scale developed at Stanford University that includes age regression. This process usually takes about one hour.

A second aspect of the study involves the opportunity to experience hypnotic age regression to a time when the participant was of an age where a cuddly toy (transitional object) brought comfort in the absence of the mother or a primary care giver. This aspect of the study takes about 20 minutes.

“Preliminary data, presented at the August 2007 Annual National Convention of the American Psychological Association has revealed new and exciting results, which if confirmed by a dozen additional volunteers will shed significant light on both psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy approaches as well as Ego State Theory,” said Barabasz

Barabasz, director of the Hypnosis Laboratory at WSU’s College of Education, has published several books and papers on hypnosis and his lab has received 16 national research awards for their work. Those interested in volunteering for this project can call Barabasz at 509-335-8166.

The WSU Institutional Review Board has approved this research.