About this event

  • Date and time Mon 12 Sep 2022 from 12:00pm to 5:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

Join us at this in-person event to learn about advances in hypnosis medicine with a particular focus on belief and dissociation, and their intrinsic relevance to hypnosis.

Specialist speakers will provide important insight into the connection between suggestibility and spiritualist mediums. 

This event is a unique chance to explore and discuss how relabelling the term 'hypnotic suggestibility' may change how imaginative involvement is perceived by researchers and the subjects.

During this event you will:

  • Understand why relabelling could change how the ability to respond to imaginative suggestions is perceived by researchers and patients 
  • Learn how phenomenological control could lead to misinterpretation of the causes of those effects
  • Understand dissociation and its involvement in a wide range of human experiences, vulnerabilities, and abilities 
  • Ascertain the reciprocal influences between beliefs, expectations, and dissociative states 

This meeting is being held in association with the British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

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Tickets (In Person)

Early bird in-person pricing available until 31 July 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Retired Fellow RSM Student
£46.00 £27.00 £27.00 £27.00 £14.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP Non Healthcare Professional AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£84.00 £50.00 £50.00 £50.00 £26.00

Tickets (Virtual)

Early bird in-person pricing available until 31 July 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Retired Fellow RSM Student
£24.00 £18.00 £18.00 £18.00 £12.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£44.00 £33.00 £33.00 £22.00

Key speakers

Dr Pete Lush

Dr Pete Lush

Research Fellow, Cognitive Neuroscience (Informatics), University of Sussex

Speaker's biography

Dr Pete Lush completed a BSc in Neuroscience and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Sussex University. His PhD research was supervised by Professor Zoltan Dienes and employed cognitive measures to investigate differences in the metacognition of motor-intentions related to trait hypnotisability, hypnotic responding and long-term mindfulness meditation practice. He is currently working on response to imaginative suggestion within and outside the hypnotic context (phenomenological control). A key part of this project involves investigating the extent to which experimental demand characteristics (contextual cues which convey experimental aims to participants) confound consciousness research by acting as implicit imaginative suggestions which drive changes in experience.

Dr William McGeown

Dr William McGeown

Reader, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde

Speaker's biography

Dr William McGeown's research mainly focuses on investigating the cognitive and neural correlates of a range of neuropsychiatric symptoms (e.g., delusions, sleep disorder, depression, apathy). He is interested in improving the diagnosis/detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia (especially in the earliest stages) through customised assessment methods or through the use of multivariate markers. Variants of these markers could also be used to stratify patients or as outcome measures for clinical drug trials. Relatedly, he as interests in developing methods to speed drug development. Dr McGeown has also set up projects which have developed serum blood-based biomarkers for the dementias (in combination with other methods), to investigate the diagnostic utility of customised neuropsychological tests (and analysis methods). He hopes to begin a project that will utilise electrophysiological methods.


Dr William McGeown also has an additional research line that focuses on understanding the neural bases of hypnosis and suggestibility. By targeting individual differences, suggestion can be used to study elements of psychosis, changes in agency, and other interesting psychological and behavioural phenomena.


In his research, he used structural magnetic resonance imaging techniques (voxel-based morphometry and cortical thickness assessment), functional magnetic resonance imaging (brain activity and connectivity analyses), electrophysiological methods, and neuropsychological assessment.

Dr Quinton Deeley

Dr Quinton Deeley

Senior Lecturer, Social Behaviour and Neurodevelopment, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Quinton Deeley has recently appeared on BBC 2′s ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in autism, ADHD, learning disability, and acquired brain injury in adults, as well as mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, psychosis, bipolar affective disorder and addictions. His clinical approach emphasises person-centred care and assessment informed by sensitivity to the individual, social and cultural backgrounds of his clients, drawing on a full range of treatments and interventions to support patients and their families. Dr Deeley sees patients privately at his Wimpole Street practice. He also works with services which provide private home treatment where necessary.  He sees UK patients as well as patients from international backgrounds, and can travel abroad for assessments if needed.


In his NHS role, Dr Deeley is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Autism Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital, an inpatient service for adults with autism and mental health problems; the Autism Assessment and Adult ADHD service at the Maudsley Hospital, London; and the Neuropsychiatry Brain Injury clinic at the Maudsley and King's College Hospitals. The National Autism Unit was rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following visits in September 2015. 


Dr Quinton Deeley is also a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College, London. He is currently researching developmental psychiatry and related fields, and has ongoing research and publications relating to the relationship between mind, brain and culture. This is an area that he has started pursuing since his dual qualifications, first in Theology and Religious Studies, which was undertaken at Cambridge University, and, later, Medicine, which he studied at Guys and Saint Thomas’ Medical School.


Dr Quinton Deeley also lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and teaches psychiatrists about autistic spectrum disorders at the Centre for Advanced Learning and at conferences run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. His research with colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, using suggestions and neuroimaging to investigate altered states of consciousness and psychiatric symptoms, has recently been featured on BBC Radio 4′s ‘All in the Mind’.  

David Kraft

Dr David Kraft

 President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine


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Annual general meeting

For section members only

Lunch break
Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr David Kraft, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Belief and dissociation across hypnosis, psychotherapy, and religious experience

Dr Quinton Deeley, Senior Lecturer, Social Behaviour and Neurodevelopment, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

Questions and answers

Chaired by: Dr William McGoewn, Reader, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde  

Tea and coffee break
An interview session with Dr Quinton Deeley and Dr William McGoewn 
Questions and answers

Chaired by: Dr David Kraft 

Tea and coffee break
Trait differences in phenomenological control in scientific experiments and everyday life

Dr Pete Lush, Research Fellow, Cognitive Neuroscience (Informatics), University of Sussex

Questions and answers

Chaired by: Dr William McGoewn

Plenary symposium with three speakers

Chaired by: Dr David Kraft

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft

Close of meeting
Drinks reception and high tea


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 11 September 2022Late registrations will not be accepted.

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