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Hypnosis And Basketball

Hypnosis has often been applied to imroving various aspects of human performance -- both intellectual and physical -- with debatable success. Basketball may now be added to this file, according to a recent paper by E.H. Schreiber:

"Throughout one basketball season 12 male and 12 female basketball players were interviewed prior to individual and group sessions with hypnosis. The athlete's shooting scores were compared with those of the previous basketball season. The hypnosis groups showed higher cumulative scores for shooting than players in the control group."

(Schreiber, Elliott H.; "Using Hypnosis to Improve Performance of College Basketball Players," Perceptual and Motor Skills, 72:536, 1991.)

From Science Frontiers #86, MAR-APR 1993. 1993-2000 William R. Corliss