Department of Biomedical Engineering,Urmia University
Department of Biomedical Engineering,Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
Determination of hypnotizability is important, before prescribing any hypnotic treatment.
Existing methods for measuring the level of hypnotic susceptibility are subjective, with some problems. In
this study, a feature based on EEG weighted regional frequency was introduced, which can characterize
the level of the subject's hypnotizability objectively. The ability of this feature for making a signicant
dierence between three hypnotizable groups at the end of hypnotic suggestion was shown using statistical
analyses. This feature was calculated based on the empirical mode decomposition method and the Hilbert
transform. The EEG signals that were used in this study were recorded during hypnotic suggestion from
32 subjects. A K-nearest neighborhood-based classier was designed for classication of the hypnotizable
groups. The performance of the classier was validated using the leave-one-out method, which showed
the mean error of 3.13% in determination of the subject's hypnotic susceptibility level. This evaluation
and obtaining the error were done by comparing the new method's results with the score of hypnotizability
that was determined for each subject, using the subjective Waterloo-Stanford criterion. The new method,
as opposed to common subjective clinical methods, represents a real time and objective procedure for
determining hypnotic susceptibility.