This short course will review the neurobiology of pain processing and hypnotic suggestion. Neuroimaging studies will be emphasized, including landmark studies by Rainville and his associates ( 1997, 1999) which identified distinct areas of the brain differentially activated depending on the nature of hypnotic suggestions. An hypnotic technique which utilizes the distinction between the sensory and affective dimensions of pain will be demonstrated. Implications for current practice and future research will be discussed.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*