Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Randall L. Garner
Hypnosis may be best described as an altered state of consciousness in which a person is more prone to accept appropriate suggestions. A person in a state of hypnosis can sometimes be induced to recall events or details of events that he or she may not be able, for a variety of reasons, to call up while fully conscious. Because of this ability, hypnosis has been found to be occasionally useful in criminal investigations to help victims or witnesses recall details of alleged crimes. When employed in a criminal investigatory setting, this approach is called forensic hypnosis. Many types of cases have benefited from the application of forensic hypnosis techniques: investigations of numerous robberies, assaults, and kidnappings have been aided with the information gleaned from an investigative hypnosis session. While the use of hypnosis for criminal investigations is a relatively recent phenomenon, the practice of what is now called hypnosis ...