This is why some people respond better to hypnosis than others.

Hypnosis does not work on everyone, with some people being very susceptible to suggestion and others being more difficult to hypnotize.

To better understand why certain people are so readily entranced, researchers observed the brain activity of a group of volunteers while attempting to hypnotize them

demonstrating significant differences between the brains of the most and least susceptible patients.

The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, included 75 volunteers who were all asked to complete an evaluation designed to show their vulnerability to hypnosis. 

This pre-screening stage enabled the authors to identify 40 people who scored exceptionally high or abnormally low

indicating that they were either highly likely or unlikely to respond to being hypnotized.

The researchers next recorded the brain activity of these 40 volunteers before and after "hypnotic induction," which was accomplished by one of the researchers reading a provocative script. 

 "By recording [EEG] before and after hypnotic induction and analyzing diverse neurophysiological features

we identify several features that differentiate between high and low hypnotic susceptible individuals for both pre- and post-induction periods

which underscores the multifaceted nature of hypnotic phenomena," the authors of the study write.

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