Grounding Hypnosis in Science: The “New” APA Division 30 Definition of Hypnosis as a Step Backward

  title={Grounding Hypnosis in Science: The “New” APA Division 30 Definition of Hypnosis as a Step Backward},
  author={Steven Jay Lynn and Joseph P. Green and Irving Kirsch and Antonio Capafons and Scott O. Lilienfeld and Jean-Roch Laurence and Guy H. Montgomery},
  journal={American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis},
  pages={390 - 401}
Every decade or so, the Division 30 of the American Psychological Association (APA) has seen fit to redefine hypnosis (Elkins, Barabasz, Council, & Spiegel, 2015; Green, Barabasz, Barrett, & Montgo... 

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