Imaging hypnotic paralysis: implications for conversion hysteria

Lancet. 2000 Mar 18;355(9208):986-7. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)99019-6.


In a single case study with positron emission tomography (PET) functional imaging, hypnotic paralysis activated similar brain areas to those in conversion hysteria, supporting the view that hypnosis and hysteria might share common neurophysiological mechanisms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / blood supply
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnostic imaging*
  • Conversion Disorder / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paralysis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Paralysis / physiopathology*
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed*