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|This is the data that Iím
going to walk you through. Weíre graphing here the regional cortical blood flow in this
part of the color association region in the left cortex, and this is the amount of blood
flow in an individual, individuals not being hypnotized or hypnotized. Without hypnosis,
people who are seeing gray and told to see gray had this basal level of blood flow in that
color region. Ö If they were seeing gray and told to see color, it didnít change. They
knew they were not seeing color. If they were seeing color, whether or not they were told
it was color or gray, they had a higher level of blood flow appropriate for color vision.
What happens now with hypnosis? If youíre seeing gray and youíre told you see in color, the blood flow went up to that of the level of color perception; and if youíre seeing color and youíre told, under hypnosis you are to see color, the level went up even further. This suggests that the brain is acting as if what youíre told to see is what youíre seeing.