According to the theory of dissciated control, hypnosis is an authentic altered state of consciousness. The theory maintains that, unlike the neodissociation view, hypnosis does not induce a splitting of different aspects of consciousness. Instead, hypnosis weakens the control of the executive function over subsystems of consciousness. In this view, the hypnotist's suggestions not only weaken the executive control, but contact and influence the other subsystems directly. It also believes that the hypnotized person's responses are automatic and involuntary, not mediated by normal cognitive functions. There is some research to support this belief.

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