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Monoideism was a term developed by James Braid as he wrestled with trying to deliniate the mechanisms underlying hypnosis.

Braid changed his sleep-based physiological theory to a psychological one which emphasized mental concentration on a single idea, giving this the name of monoideism in 1847".[1] Braid summarized and contrasted his own view with the other views prevailing at that time.


  1. Gravitz & Gerton (1984), p.108, citing Braid's Physiology of Fascination as their source.

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