• Hilgard's Hidden Observer
    Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada). 2003.
    The narrow focus of the thesis is a close reading and evaluation of Hilgard's neodissociation theory of hypnosis, a theory inspired by certain experiments Hilgard conducted on hypnotic deafness and hypnotic analgesia. Hilgard claims that an entity he calls the "hidden observer" must be invoked in order to satisfactorily explain his experimental results. In his later works, the hidden observer figures in a grand theory in which classic hypnotic and dissociative phenomena are categorized and expla…Read more