Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Counseling and Personnel

First Advisor

Dr. William A. Carlson

Second Advisor

Dr. Edward Trembley

Third Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos


The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of combining mastery imagery with hypnosis to facilitate performance on a motor task, and to identify the variables which are responsible for such an effect. Ninety-nine students were pretested on the Pursuit Rotor Task and screened for hypnotic susceptibility. From this screening, 40 high susceptible subjects were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: (1) hypnosis and mastery imagery, (2) hypnosis, (3) mastery imagery (H), and (4) no-treatment control. Ten low susceptible subjects were directly assigned to a second mastery imagery (L) condition which served as a special comparison group. Following the treatment intervention, subjects were posttested on the Pursuit Rotor Task and were asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their experience in the experiment. Analysis of variance found no significant differences among the five groups. Recommendations were made for future research.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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Psychology Commons