2nd exercise

You can use the script to complete this exercise.
You can perform this exercise with the same test person as in exercise 1, or find another test person with whom you can perform the following steps:

  1. Explain what you expect from your subject.
  2. Ask for permission to touch his arm and hand.
  3. Perform the Elman induction to fractionate 3x: “1… 2 … 3… open (gently flick) and close. Deeper and deeper.”, and make sure that your subject has reacted positively to all tests.
  4. Then tell your subject that he can open his eyes again as soon as he wants to.
  5. After the exercise, ask your subject how they felt.

If you already feel confident enough, try to memorize as much of the induction as possible. The aim is to turn away from the script as quickly as possible so that you can concentrate fully on the respondent!

Even if you realize in between that you are not saying it exactly as in the script…
just keep going!


Make sure that your test person is sitting securely on a chair (cannot tip forward). Have him take off his glasses and remove chewing gum from his mouth, if available.

Contact lenses should also be avoided. As the eyes move back and forth behind the eyelids in a hypnotic state, the contact lenses could slip out of place. That would be a little uncomfortable for your subject.


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