Amir Raz

Summary

Affiliation: McGill University
Country: Canada

Publications

  1. pmc Deliberate use of placebos in clinical practice: what we really know
    Cory S Harris
    School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    J Med Ethics 38:406-7. 2012
  2. ncbi request reprint Hemihypnosis, hypnosis, and the importance of knowing right from trend
    Amir Raz
    McGill University, Clinical Neuroscience and Applied Cognition Laboratory, Inst of Community and Family Psychiatry, SMBD Jewish General Hospital, 4333 Cote Ste Catherine Rd, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1E4, Canada
    Am J Clin Hypn 51:201-8. 2008
  3. ncbi request reprint Placebos in clinical practice: comparing attitudes, beliefs, and patterns of use between academic psychiatrists and nonpsychiatrists
    Amir Raz
    Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, and Psychology, McGill University and the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Quebec
    Can J Psychiatry 56:198-208. 2011
  4. doi request reprint Hypnotic dreams as a lens into hypnotic dynamics
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 58:69-81. 2010
  5. doi request reprint Can suggestion obviate reading? Supplementing primary Stroop evidence with exploratory negative priming analyses
    Amir Raz
    Department of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, McGill University and Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Neurological Institute, 3775 University Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2B4
    Conscious Cogn 20:312-20. 2011
  6. ncbi request reprint Neural substrates of self-regulatory control in children and adults with Tourette syndrome
    Amir Raz
    McGill University, Sir Mortimer B Davis Jewish General Hospital, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Montreal, Quebec
    Can J Psychiatry 54:579-88. 2009
  7. ncbi request reprint Contextualizing specificity: specific and non-specific effects of treatment
    Amir Raz
    Sir Mortimer B Davis Jewish General Hospital and McGill University, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Montreal, QC
    Am J Clin Hypn 50:177-82. 2007
  8. ncbi request reprint A commentary on mumpsimus, sumpsimus and the mpemba effect
    Amir Raz
    Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, McGill University and SMBD Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
    Am J Clin Hypn 50:183-5. 2007
  9. ncbi request reprint Genetics and neuroimaging of attention and hypnotizability may elucidate placebo
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York, USA
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 56:99-116. 2008
  10. pmc Selective biasing of a specific bistable-figure percept involves fMRI signal changes in frontostriatal circuits: a step toward unlocking the neural correlates of top-down control and self-regulation
    Amir Raz
    Jewish General Hospital and McGill University, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Am J Clin Hypn 50:137-56. 2007

Detail Information

Publications42

  1. pmc Deliberate use of placebos in clinical practice: what we really know
    Cory S Harris
    School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    J Med Ethics 38:406-7. 2012
    ..The apparent popularity of impure placebos used in clinical practice thus presents unresolved ethical concerns and should direct future discussion and research...
  2. ncbi request reprint Hemihypnosis, hypnosis, and the importance of knowing right from trend
    Amir Raz
    McGill University, Clinical Neuroscience and Applied Cognition Laboratory, Inst of Community and Family Psychiatry, SMBD Jewish General Hospital, 4333 Cote Ste Catherine Rd, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1E4, Canada
    Am J Clin Hypn 51:201-8. 2008
    ..Tales are ubiquitous, however, and claims relating to the left or right hemispheres require both context and substantive data. Here we sketch the gist of brain laterality findings and their relevance to the hypnosis community...
  3. ncbi request reprint Placebos in clinical practice: comparing attitudes, beliefs, and patterns of use between academic psychiatrists and nonpsychiatrists
    Amir Raz
    Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, and Psychology, McGill University and the Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Quebec
    Can J Psychiatry 56:198-208. 2011
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  4. doi request reprint Hypnotic dreams as a lens into hypnotic dynamics
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 58:69-81. 2010
    ..These findings contextualize for further research and therapy transference issues related to the hypnotic relationship and the use of hypnotic dreams...
  5. doi request reprint Can suggestion obviate reading? Supplementing primary Stroop evidence with exploratory negative priming analyses
    Amir Raz
    Department of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, McGill University and Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Neurological Institute, 3775 University Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 2B4
    Conscious Cogn 20:312-20. 2011
    ..Thus, at least in this experimental context, suggestion seems to dampen a deeply-engrained and largely automatic process - reading - by wielding a larger influence on HSIs relative to comparable LSIs...
  6. ncbi request reprint Neural substrates of self-regulatory control in children and adults with Tourette syndrome
    Amir Raz
    McGill University, Sir Mortimer B Davis Jewish General Hospital, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Montreal, Quebec
    Can J Psychiatry 54:579-88. 2009
    ..To identify the neural substrate of self-regulatory control in children and adults with Tourette syndrome (TS)...
  7. ncbi request reprint Contextualizing specificity: specific and non-specific effects of treatment
    Amir Raz
    Sir Mortimer B Davis Jewish General Hospital and McGill University, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Montreal, QC
    Am J Clin Hypn 50:177-82. 2007
    ..Interpretation of these data paves the road to a more scientific strategy for studying the neural basis of suggestion and placebo response, and holds promise for the optimal matching of patient and treatment...
  8. ncbi request reprint A commentary on mumpsimus, sumpsimus and the mpemba effect
    Amir Raz
    Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, McGill University and SMBD Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
    Am J Clin Hypn 50:183-5. 2007
  9. ncbi request reprint Genetics and neuroimaging of attention and hypnotizability may elucidate placebo
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York, USA
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 56:99-116. 2008
    ..These exploratory findings may extend to the identification of placebo responders...
  10. pmc Selective biasing of a specific bistable-figure percept involves fMRI signal changes in frontostriatal circuits: a step toward unlocking the neural correlates of top-down control and self-regulation
    Amir Raz
    Jewish General Hospital and McGill University, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Am J Clin Hypn 50:137-56. 2007
    ..With special relevance to clinical neuroscience and applications involving attention, expectation and suggestion (e.g., hypnosis), our results address the importance of frontostriatal circuitry in behavioral modulation...
  11. doi request reprint Paranormal experience and the COMT dopaminergic gene: a preliminary attempt to associate phenotype with genotype using an underlying brain theory
    Amir Raz
    Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, BC, Canada
    Cortex 44:1336-41. 2008
    ..Although our preliminary findings are inconclusive, the research approach we outline should pave the road to a more scientific account of elucidating paranormal belief...
  12. doi request reprint Does neuroimaging of suggestion elucidate hypnotic trance?
    Amir Raz
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 59:363-77. 2011
    ..This article elucidates the mounting role of cognitive neuroscience, including the relative merits and intrinsic limitations of neuroimaging, in better contextualizing trance-like concepts...
  13. doi request reprint Hypnosis: a twilight zone of the top-down variety Few have never heard of hypnosis but most know little about the potential of this mind-body regulation technique for advancing science
    Amir Raz
    Institute for Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1E4, Canada
    Trends Cogn Sci 15:555-7. 2011
    ..Although scientists are still unraveling how hypnosis works, little is mystical about this powerful top-down process, which is an important tool in the armamentarium of the cognitive scientist seeking to unlock topical conundrums...
  14. doi request reprint A slice of pi : an exploratory neuroimaging study of digit encoding and retrieval in a superior memorist
    Amir Raz
    MRI Unit in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA
    Neurocase 15:361-72. 2009
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  15. ncbi request reprint Hypnotic suggestion and the modulation of Stroop interference
    Amir Raz
    Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 1300 York Ave, Box 140, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 59:1155-61. 2002
    ..Cognitive science has not fully exploited hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion as experimental tools. This study was designed to determine whether a hypnotic suggestion to hinder lexical processing could modulate the Stroop effect...
  16. ncbi request reprint Critique of claims of improved visual acuity after hypnotic suggestion
    Amir Raz
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Unit in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York 10032, USA
    Optom Vis Sci 81:872-9. 2004
    ..However, hypnosis can increase one's subjective feeling of enhanced visual acuity by affecting higher cognitive functions, such as attention, memorization, and perceptual learning, which could influence performance on visual tasks...
  17. ncbi request reprint Attention and hypnosis: neural substrates and genetic associations of two converging processes
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY 10032, USA
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 53:237-58. 2005
    ..Underlining data from attentional networks, neuroimaging, and genetics, these findings should help to explain individual differences in hypnotizability and the neural systems subserving hypnosis...
  18. ncbi request reprint Neuroimaging and genetic associations of attentional and hypnotic processes
    Amir Raz
    Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, USA
    J Physiol Paris 99:483-91. 2006
    ..These results may explain individual differences in hypnotizability and propose new ideas for studying the influence of suggestion on neural systems...
  19. ncbi request reprint Posthypnotic suggestion and the modulation of Stroop interference under cycloplegia
    Amir Raz
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, White Plains, NY 10605, USA
    Conscious Cogn 12:332-46. 2003
    ..These data strengthen the view that Stroop interference is neither robust nor inevitable and support the hypothesis that posthypnotic suggestion may exert a top-down influence on neural processing...
  20. ncbi request reprint Suggestion overrides the Stroop effect in highly hypnotizable individuals
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, MRI Unit in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, NY 10032, USA
    Conscious Cogn 16:331-8. 2007
    ..We show that suggestion administered to highly hypnotizable persons significantly reduced Stroop interference and derailed a seemingly automatic process...
  21. ncbi request reprint See clearly: suggestion, hypnosis, attention, and visual acuity
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry, New York 10032, USA
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 52:159-87. 2004
    ..It seems likely that the small apparent influence of suggestion on visual acuity is mediated by changes in attention. The authors outline how attention can affect visual acuity...
  22. doi request reprint Using suggestion to modulate automatic processes: from Stroop to McGurk and beyond
    Michael Lifshitz
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Cortex 49:463-73. 2013
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  23. ncbi request reprint Training the brain: fact and fad in cognitive and behavioral remediation
    Sheida Rabipour
    Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, QC, H3W 1E4 Canada
    Brain Cogn 79:159-79. 2012
    ..Future research would determine whether the field of brain training realizes its potential to revolutionize education and rehabilitation or withers away engulfed in controversy...
  24. ncbi request reprint Ecological nuances in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI): psychological stressors, posture, and hydrostatics
    Amir Raz
    MRI Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Box 74, New York, NY 10032, USA
    Neuroimage 25:1-7. 2005
    ..Recognizing the central role of fMRI in unraveling the neural mechanisms of cognition, we outline ways to address these limitations...
  25. pmc Hypnotic suggestion reduces conflict in the human brain
    Amir Raz
    Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102:9978-83. 2005
    ..Our findings illuminate how suggestion affects cognitive control by modulating activity in specific brain areas, including early visual modules, and provide a more scientific account relating the neural effects of suggestion to placebo...
  26. ncbi request reprint Typologies of attentional networks
    Amir Raz
    Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York 10032, USA
    Nat Rev Neurosci 7:367-79. 2006
    ..Given the recent explosion in empirical data, attentional typologies provide powerful conceptual tools with which to contextualize and integrate these findings...
  27. doi request reprint Suggestion overrides automatic audiovisual integration
    Catherine Dery
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Conscious Cogn 24:33-7. 2014
    ..In addition to guiding our knowledge regarding theories and mechanisms of automaticity, the present findings pave the road to a more scientific understanding of top-down effects and multisensory integration. ..
  28. pmc A statistical framework for the classification of tensor morphologies in diffusion tensor images
    Hongtu Zhu
    MRI Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, USA
    Magn Reson Imaging 24:569-82. 2006
    ..We also show that the P values for test statistics are more sensitive tools for classifying tensor morphologies than are invariant measures of anisotropy alone...
  29. ncbi request reprint Substrates of negative accommodation
    Amir Raz
    Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY 10032, USA
    Binocul Vis Strabismus Q 19:71-4. 2004
    ..We sketch a potential mechanism by which negative accommodation may operate, if it exists...
  30. ncbi request reprint Testing the efficiency and independence of attentional networks
    Jin Fan
    The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 1300 York Avenue, Box 140, New York, NY 10002, USA
    J Cogn Neurosci 14:340-7. 2002
    ..The ANT may also serve as an activation task for neuroimaging studies and as a phenotype for the study of the influence of genes on attentional networks...
  31. ncbi request reprint Hypnosis and neuroscience: a cross talk between clinical and cognitive research
    Amir Raz
    Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 1300 York Ave, PO Box 140, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 59:85-90. 2002
    ..We outline how the hypnotic state can serve as a way to tap neurocognitive questions and how cognitive assays can in turn shed new light on the neural bases of hypnosis. This cross talk should enhance research and clinical applications...
  32. ncbi request reprint Suggestion reduces the stroop effect
    Amir Raz
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, MRI Unit in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York, NY 10032, USA
    Psychol Sci 17:91-5. 2006
    ..These findings indicate that suggestion can at least partially overcome the automaticity associated with the Stroop effect...
  33. doi request reprint Can expectation enhance response to suggestion? De-automatization illuminates a conundrum
    Michael Lifshitz
    Department of Psychology, McGill University, 3775 University Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Conscious Cogn 21:1001-8. 2012
    ..Our findings intimate that, at least in the present experimental context, expectation hardly correlates with--and is unlikely to be a primary determinant of--high hypnotic suggestibility...
  34. ncbi request reprint Suggestibility and hypnotizability: mind the gap
    Amir Raz
    Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Willow Chest Centre, 100 2647 Willow St, Vancouver, BC
    Am J Clin Hypn 49:205-10. 2007
    ..To be sure, exploring the power of suggestion will likely pave the road to a more scientific understanding of such psychological phenomena as motivation, expectation, and the placebo effect...
  35. ncbi request reprint Posture alters human resting-state
    Robert T Thibault
    McGill University, 3775 University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, Canada
    Cortex 58:199-205. 2014
    ..When generalizing supine imaging results to ecological human cognition, therefore, cognitive neuroscientists would benefit from considering the influence of posture on brain dynamics. ..
  36. ncbi request reprint Anatomy of attentional networks
    Amir Raz
    MRI Unit, Department of Psychaiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA
    Anat Rec B New Anat 281:21-36. 2004
    ..A discussion of pertinent results connects attentional networks with self-regulation, development, and rehabilitation training...
  37. ncbi request reprint Elucidating Tourette's syndrome: perspectives from hypnosis, attention and self-regulation
    Amir Raz
    Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
    Am J Clin Hypn 49:289-309. 2007
    ..Showing that the symptoms of TS are susceptible to self-regulatory interventions such as hypnosis, we propose that attentional training could be used to both treat the disorder and better understand it...
  38. ncbi request reprint Measuring attention in the hemispheres: the lateralized attention network test (LANT)
    Deanna J Greene
    Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1285 Franz Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095 1563, USA
    Brain Cogn 66:21-31. 2008
    ..We suggest that the LANT is an informative extension of the original ANT, allowing for measurement of the three attention networks in each hemisphere separately...
  39. ncbi request reprint Hypnobo: perspectives on hypnosis and placebo
    Amir Raz
    Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
    Am J Clin Hypn 50:29-36. 2007
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  40. ncbi request reprint Interview with Amir Raz, Ph.D., July 14, 2005. Interview by Jane Parsons-Fein
    Amir Raz
    Am J Clin Hypn 49:129-42. 2006