About this event

  • Date and time Fri 26 Feb 2021 from 10:00am to 11:45am
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, Pain Medicine

This webinar will review the contributions of brain imaging to our understanding of hypnosis with a special focus on pain experience, teach practitioners about the efficacy of hypnosis in reducing pain experience, and alert researchers to the potential different underlying mechanisms of hypnotic efficacy. 

Dr Stuart Derbyshire, National University of Singapore, Associate Professor Psychology Department, will discuss and explore this subject as well as the substantial control of chronic pain with hypnosis will be revealed as largely dependent upon changes in brain activity generally associated with pain sensation and affect. In contrast, control of acute pain with hypnosis will be revealed as largely dependent upon changes in brain activity generally associated with cognition. These findings imply different underlying mechanisms of pain control in patients and volunteers that would not have been apparent from behavioural pain reports. 

CPD applied. 

This webinar will help you:

  • To understand the application of brain imaging in investigations of hypnosis. 
  • Be able to design a simple experimental intervention using hypnosis. 
  • To understand how brain imaging and behavioural findings can provide complementary insights into the mechanisms of hypnosis. 

This webinar is organised jointly by the RSM Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, the RSM Pain Medicine Section, and is in association with the British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH).

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Standard pricing available until 26 February 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£12.00 £9.00 £6.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee Student
£20.00 £15.00 £10.00

Key speakers

Dr Stuart Derbyshire

The National University of Singapore, Associate professor Psychology Department, Faculty Member


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Rebecca Berman, Pain Section, Royal Society of Medicine


Dr Jennifer Corns, Lecturer, Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Brain activation during hypnotic suggestion of changes in pain sensation

Dr Stuart Derbyshire, Associate Professor of Psychology, National University of Singapore

Question and answer session
Close of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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