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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Key speakers

Dr Stuart Derbyshire

Associate Professor of Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Speaker's biography

Dr Derbyshire is faculty in the psychology department at NUS. His current work involves both theoretical and empirical research on the nature of pain. In particular, Dr Derbyshire is examining the possible causes of a rising incidence of pain and somatic illness in the absence of identifiable pathology and in the context of improving health and longevity. Consequently, his research abuts psychology, cognitive science, and philosophical ethics.

Dr Peter Naish

Immediate Past President, BSCAH
Speaker's biography
Dr Peter Naish has long been a strong advocate of outreach – enhancing the public interest in, and understanding of science. He has spoken at all the country’s major science festivals, and for many years chaired the psychology section of the British Society for the Advancement of Science.
Dr Naish discovered early on that the topic of hypnosis was a great crowd-puller, so made a wonderful vehicle for delivering things scientific – much as it is for delivering things therapeutic.
He was a founder member of the old British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis and, back in the days before scanning could reveal what the brain did in hypnosis, much of his research was concerned with demonstrating neural effects which were unlikely to be caused by compliance or relaxation, those being the standard explanations offered by the sceptics of that era. As well as continuing his fascination with the science of hypnosis, Dr Naish is equally interested in its therapeutic qualities and, since a spell working with the Ministry of Defence, he has become especially involved in the use of hypnosis in treating PTSD.
He has served as chair of council in the BSCAH, as President of the Section for Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine at the RSM and, most recently, President of the BSCAH.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Rebecca Berman, Pain Section, Royal Society of Medicine


Dr Peter Naish, Immediate Past President, BSCAH

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.

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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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