The use of hypnosis in police investigation: a preliminary communication

M Kleinhauz, I Horowitz, Y Tobin

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Hypnotic techniques were used in criminal investigations in order to improve the memory of forty subjects who were involved either as witnesses or complainants. The evaluation of the experience in these cases indicate that hypnosis may be a potential tool to elicit essential information from cooperative subjects. It was found that the amount of information elicited through hypnosis increased with the meaningfulness of the material to be recalled and the level of anxiety it involved. Some requisites for the use of hypnosis in police investigations are suggested.

Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalScience and Justice - Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Apr 1978
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis
  • Israel
  • Jurisprudence
  • Male
  • Memory
  • Mental Recall


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