Evidence: Hypnosis & the Truth

Hypnosis is surrounded by a persistent myth: whatever a subject says while in a trance represents the real, deep-down truth. Lawyers have always been wary of the claim, although lately some have changed their minds. On film and videotape, psychiatric sessions with murder defendants under the influence of hypnotism and so-called "truth drugs" are being shown in U.S. courtrooms (TIME, Dec. 29, April 12). Last week, at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Boston, New York's Dr. Herbert Spiegel warned that such evidence is dubious indeed.

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