Although research and practice in hypnosis has seen unprecedented expansion, there has been a definite lack of inclusive and comprehensive surveys to aid the student and researcher. This collection of original chapters written by leading experimental investigators is the first work to offer a current state-of-the-art in hypnosis research. A compendium of the historical background, theories, issues, and trends in hypnosis, this volume represents all major experimental viewpoints while providing a virtual “who’s who” in the field of hypnosis. The first two chapters (written by the editors) establish the current theoretical base of the field and review the historical background. Seventeen contributions focus directly on key aspects of present day hypnosis research. These contributions are organized as surveys of broad topic areas, descriptions in depth of individual investigator’s programmatic lines of research, and reports on research within specific areas, especially those representing new viewpoints and holding promise for programmatic development. A final chapter develops questions for future research. Offering an inclusive survey of the field from its historical inceptions to its current and predictive state, this book presents many new ideas while updating established positions in research and theory. The vital areas covered in connection with hypnosis include: psychophysiology, creativity, dreams, imagination, suggestibility, simulator controls, cognitive activity, and ego-psychological theory. In addition there are chapters on hypnosis as a research method, the measurement of altered states of consciousness, and hypnotic programming techniques in psychological experiments. “Hypnosis: Research Developments and Perspectives” is written for researchers in hypnosis and clinical practitioners in medicine and psychology. The book will serve as a basic text in all courses in hypnosis at the graduate level. , One man alone cannot construct an entire profession, but David Shakow is one of the architects responsible for shaping clinical psychology into the profession it is today. Reflecting the ideas of a man whose name is synonymous with the field, this volume brings together for the first time his most significant papers in this area and presents a comprehensive, far-reaching overview of clinical psychology addressed to all of its professionals and students. Dr. Shakow’s forty years of influence as a clinician, training program administrator, professor, researcher, and public servant are profoundly reflected in these papers. They offer insight into the work and world of the clinician, the nature of training programs, the history and development of the profession, and the relationship between clinical psychology and other disciplines. Not simply a descriptive record of one man’s achievements, the thinking mirrored in this volume is pertinent, even crucial, to the future development of the field. The author’s persistent and continuing concern for top quality in training and practice pervades these essays, making them a unified chronicle of the professional growth of clinical psychology and of a master professional’s ideas and involvements with the problems and issues in his field. No clinician or student can fully understand the nature of the field, how it came to be, and where it is going, without reading this volume. “David Shakow” (1901-1981) was Senior Research Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health. He was Chief Psychologist and Director of Psychological Research at the Worcester State Hospital for eighteen years. He has taught at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and at the University of Chicago, He was also Chief Psychologist at the Illinois Neuropsychiatric Institute and a past president of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association as well as chairman of the Association’s Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology. “Erika Fromm” (1909-2003) was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Chicago; she was President of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, and the Clinical Editor of the “International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis” and associate editor of “The Bulletin of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis.” She was also past president of The American Psychological Association psychological hypnosis division, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. Ronald E. Shor is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire and Vice-Chairman of the Education and Research Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.