Dr Devin Terhune

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email d.terhune (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 020 7717 2238
Twitter @TAS_Goldsmiths
Dr Devin Terhune


Devin’s research on time perception aims to understand the factors underlying transient fluctuations in timing, the extent to which timing is supported by different subsystems, and distortions in timing in altered states of consciousness and clinical populations. His research on suggestion seeks to characterize the neurocognitive profile of highly suggestible individuals and understand the mechanisms underlying suggestion in hypnosis and placebo. He also has broader interests in awareness, metacognition, and functional neurological and dissociative disorders. Devin’s research uses a variety of techniques including MRI, EEG, non-invasive brain stimulation, eye-tracking, and a diverse array of statistical approaches.

Grants and Awards

Devin has received funding from a range of organisations including the BBSRC, Bial Foundation, Cogito Foundation, European Commission, Gyllenbergs Foundation, and Templeton Foundation.

Public Engagement

Devin regularly gives talks describing his research to the members of the general public and he has consulted for documentaries, television programmes, and plays concerning psychological phenomena within his areas of expertise. His research has also been featured in major national and international news outlets such as the New York Times, The Guardian, New Scientist and Science Magazine.

Research Interests

Devin’s research concerns a wide range of phenomena within the broad domain of consciousness science with specific interests in the following areas:

  • Awareness
  • Dissociation and dissociative disorders
  • Functional neurological disorders
  • Hypnosis
  • Metacognition
  • Placebo
  • Psychedelics
  • Suggestibility
  • Synaesthesia
  • Time perception


Book Section

Terhune, Devin Blair and Cardeña, E.. 2017. Nuances and uncertainties regarding hypnotic inductions: Towards a theoretically informed praxis. In: v. K. Kumar and Stephen R. Lankton, eds. Hypnotic induction: Perspectives, strategies and concerns. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge. ISBN 9781138104563

Terhune, Devin Blair; Luke, D. P. and Cohen Kadosh, R.. 2017. The induction of synaesthesia in non-synaesthetes. In: O. Deroy and UNSPECIFIED, eds. Sensory blending: On synaesthesia and other phenomena. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 215-247. ISBN 9780199688289

Terhune, Devin Blair and Kadosh, Roi Cohen. 2011. Synaesthesias. In: Jan Dirk Blom and Iris E.C. Sommer, eds. Hallucinations: Research and Practice. New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 91-104. ISBN 978-1-4899-8957-4


David, Acunzo; Etzel, Cardeña and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2020. Anomalous experiences are more prevalent among highly suggestible individuals who are also highly dissociative. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, ISSN 1354-6805

Lungu, Laura; Stewart, Ryan; Luke, David P. and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2019. Primary visual cortex excitability is not atypical in acquired synaesthesia. Brain Stimulation, 13(2), pp. 341-342. ISSN 1935-861X

Yanakieva, S.; Luke, D. P.; Jansari, Ashok S. and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2019. Acquired synaesthesia following 2C-B use. Psychopharmacology, 236(7), pp. 2287-2289. ISSN 0033-3158

Wieder, Lillian and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2019. Trauma and anxious attachment influence the relationship between suggestibility and dissociation: a moderated-moderation analysis. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 24(3), pp. 191-207. ISSN 1354-6805

Thompson, Trevor; Terhune, Devin Blair; Oram, Charlotte; Sharangparni, Joseph; Rouf, Rommana; Solmi, Marco; Veronese, Nicola and Stubbs, Brendon. 2019. The effectiveness of hypnosis for pain relief: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 85 controlled experimental trials. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 99, pp. 298-310. ISSN 0149-7634

Yanakieva, S.; Family, N.; Polychroni, N.; Williams, L.; Luke, D. P. and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2019. The effects of microdose LSD on time perception: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Psychopharmacology, 236(4), pp. 1159-1170. ISSN 0033-3158

Cardeña, Etzel and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2019. The roles of response expectancies, baseline experiences, and hypnotizability in spontaneous hypnotic experiences. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 67(1), pp. 1-27. ISSN 0020-7144

Popescu, T.; Sader, E.; Schaer, M.; Thomas, A.; Terhune, Devin Blair; Dowker, A.; Mars, R. B. and Cohen Kadosh, R.. 2018. The brain-structural correlates of mathematical expertise. Cortex, 114, pp. 140-150. ISSN 0010-9452

Lemercier, C. and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2018. Psychedelics and hypnosis: Commonalities and therapeutic implications. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 32(7), pp. 732-740. ISSN 0269-8811

Terhune, Devin Blair; Croucher, Madeleine; Marcusson - Clavertz, David and Macdonald, James S. P.. 2017. Time contracts and temporal precision declines when the mind wanders. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(11), pp. 1864-1871. ISSN 0096-1523

Terhune, Devin Blair and Hedman, Love R. A.. 2017. Metacognition of agency is reduced in high hypnotic suggestibility. Cognition, 168, pp. 176-181. ISSN 0010-0277

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2017. Hypnosis and top-down regulation of consciousness. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 81(A), pp. 59-74. ISSN 0149-7634

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2017. New directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 3(1), pp. 1-14.

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2016. Variations in the sense of agency during hypnotic responding: Insights from latent profile analysis. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice, 3(4), pp. 293-302. ISSN 2326-5523

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2016. Nuances and uncertainties regarding hypnotic inductions: Towards a theoretically informed praxis. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 59(2), pp. 155-174. ISSN 0002-9157

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2016. A placebo-controlled investigation of synaesthesia-like experiences under LSD. Neuropsychologia, 88, ISSN 0028-3932

Terhune, Devin Blair; Sullivan, Jake G. and Simola, Jaana M.. 2016. Time dilates after spontaneous blinking. Current Biology, 26(11), R459-R460. ISSN 0960-9822

Yin, Bin; Terhune, Devin Blair; Smythies, John and Meck, Warren H. 2016. Claustrum, consciousness, and time perception. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 8, pp. 258-267. ISSN 2352-1546

Marcusson-Clavertz, David; Cardeña, Etzel and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2016. Daydreaming style moderates the relation between working memory and mind wandering: Integrating two hypotheses. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 42(3), pp. 451-464. ISSN 0278-7393

Popescu, Tudor; Krause, Beatrix; Terhune, Devin Blair; Twose, Olivia; Page, Thomas; Humphreys, Glyn and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2016. Transcranial random noise stimulation mitigates increased difficulty in an arithmetic learning task. Neuropsychologia, 81, pp. 255-264. ISSN 0028-3932

Terhune, Devin Blair and Cardena, E.. 2015. Dissociative Subtypes in Posttraumatic Stress Disorders and Hypnosis: Neurocognitive Parallels and Clinical Implications. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(6), pp. 452-457. ISSN 0963-7214

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2015. Discrete response patterns in the upper range of hypnotic suggestibility: A latent profile analysis. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, pp. 334-341. ISSN 1053-8100

Terhune, Devin Blair and Cardeña, E.. 2015. Heterogeneity in high hypnotic suggestibility and the neurophysiology of hypnosis. Neurophysiologie Clinique/Clinical Neurophysiology, 45(2), pp. 177-178. ISSN 0987-7053

Terhune, Devin Blair; Murray, Elizabeth; Near, Jamie; Stagg, Charlotte J.; Cowey, Alan and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2015. Phosphene Perception Relates to Visual Cortex Glutamate Levels and Covaries with Atypical Visuospatial Awareness. Cerebral Cortex, 25(11), pp. 4341-4350. ISSN 1047-3211

Terhune, Devin Blair; Song, Seoho M. and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2014. Transcranial alternating current stimulation reveals atypical 40 Hz phosphene thresholds in synaesthesia. Cortex, 63, pp. 267-270. ISSN 0010-9452

Cardeña, Etzel and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2014. Hypnotizability, personality traits, and the propensity to experience alterations of consciousness. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1(3), pp. 292-307. ISSN 2326-5523

Terhune, Devin Blair; Russo, S.; Near, J.; Stagg, C. J. and Cohen Kadosh, R.. 2014. GABA Predicts Time Perception. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(12), pp. 4364-4370. ISSN 0270-6474

Terhune, Devin Blair; Song, Seoho M.; Duta, Mihaela D. and Kadosh, Roi Cohen. 2014. Probing the neurochemical basis of synaesthesia using psychophysics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(89), ISSN 1662-5161

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2014. Defining hypnosis: The pitfalls of prioritizing spontaneous experience over response to suggestion. Journal of Mind-body Regulation, 2(2), pp. 115-117. ISSN 1925-1688

Luke, David P. and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2013. The induction of synaesthesia with chemical agents: a systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 4,

Terhune, Devin Blair and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2013. Modulating Cognitive Control in Major Depression With Transcranial Electrical Stimulation. Biological Psychiatry, 73(7), pp. 595-596. ISSN 0006-3223

Rugens, Alex and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2013. Guilt by dissociation: Guilt primes augment the relationship between dissociative tendencies and statedissociation. Psychiatry Research, 206(1), pp. 114-116. ISSN 0165-1781

Terhune, Devin Blair; Wudarczyk, Olga Anna; Kochuparampil, Priya and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2013. Enhanced dimension-specific visual working memory in grapheme–color synesthesia. Cognition, 129(1), pp. 123-137. ISSN 0010-0277

Terhune, Devin Blair; Rothen, Nicolas and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2013. Correcting misconceptions about synaesthesia. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 103, pp. 1-2. ISSN 1074-7427

Marcusson-Clavertz, David; Terhune, Devin Blair and Cardeña, Etzel. 2012. Individual differences and state effects on mind-wandering: Hypnotizability, dissociation, and sensory homogenization. Consciousness and Cognition, 21(3), pp. 1097-1108. ISSN 1053-8100

Terhune, Devin Blair and Kadosh, Roi Cohen. 2012. The emerging neuroscience of hypnosis. Cortex, 48(3), pp. 382-386. ISSN 0010-9452

Cohen Kadosh, Roi and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2012. Redefining synaesthesia? British Journal of Psychology, 103(1), pp. 20-23. ISSN 0007-1269

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2012. Metacognition, cold control and hypnosis. Journal of Mind-body Regulation, 2(1), ISSN 1925-1688

Rothen, N. and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2012. Increased Resting State Network Connectivity in Synesthesia: Evidence for a Neural Basis of Synesthetic Consistency. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(40), pp. 13641-13643. ISSN 0270-6474

Kadosh, R. C.; Gertner, L. and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2012. Exceptional Abilities in the Spatial Representation of Numbers and Time: Insights from Synesthesia. The Neuroscientist, 18(3), pp. 208-215. ISSN 1073-8584

Terhune, Devin Blair and Brugger, Peter. 2011. Doing Better by Getting Worse: Posthypnotic Amnesia Improves Random Number Generation. PLoS ONE, 6(12), e29206. ISSN 1932-6203

Terhune, Devin Blair; Cardeña, Etzel and Lindgren, Magnus. 2011. Differential frontal-parietal phase synchrony during hypnosis as a function of hypnotic suggestibility. Psychophysiology, 48(10), pp. 1444-1447. ISSN 0048-5772

Terhune, Devin Blair; Cardeña, Etzel and Lindgren, Magnus. 2011. Dissociated control as a signature of typological variability in high hypnotic suggestibility. Consciousness and Cognition, 20(3), pp. 727-736. ISSN 10538100

Terhune, Devin Blair; Tai, Sarah; Cowey, Alan; Popescu, Tudor and Cohen Kadosh, Roi. 2011. Enhanced Cortical Excitability in Grapheme-Color Synesthesia and Its Modulation. Current Biology, 21(23), pp. 2006-2009. ISSN 09609822

Terhune, Devin Blair; Cardeña, Etzel and Lindgren, Magnus. 2011. Dissociative tendencies and individual differences in high hypnotic suggestibility. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 16(2), pp. 113-135. ISSN 1354-6805

Terhune, Devin Blair and Cardeña, Etzel. 2010. Methodological and practical issues regarding phenomenological subtypes of highly suggestible individuals: A response to Kumar. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(4), pp. 1154-1155. ISSN 1053-8100

Terhune, Devin Blair and Cardeña, Etzel. 2010. Differential patterns of spontaneous experiential response to a hypnotic induction: A latent profile analysis. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(4), pp. 1140-1150. ISSN 1053-8100

Terhune, Devin Blair and Cardeña, Etzel. 2010. Methodological and Interpretative Issues regarding the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory — Hypnotic Assessment Procedure: A Comment on Pekala et al. (2010a, 2010b). American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 53(2), pp. 109-117. ISSN 0002-9157

Terhune, Devin Blair; Cardeña, Etzel and Lindgren, Magnus. 2010. Disruption of synaesthesia by posthypnotic suggestion: An ERP study. Neuropsychologia, 48(11), pp. 3360-3364. ISSN 0028-3932

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2009. The incidence and determinants of visual phenomenology during out-of-body experiences. Cortex, 45(2), pp. 236-242. ISSN 0010-9452

Cardeña, Etzel and Terhune, Devin Blair. 2009. A Note of Caution on the Waterloo-Stanford Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility:A Brief Communication. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 57(2), pp. 222-226. ISSN 0020-7144

Streeter, Chris C; Terhune, Devin Blair; Whitfield, Theodore H; Gruber, Staci; Sarid-Segal, Ofra; Silveri, Marisa M; Tzilos, Golfo; Afshar, Maryam; Rouse, Elizabeth D; Tian, Hua; Renshaw, Perry F; Ciraulo, Domenic A and Yurgelun-Todd, Deborah A. 2008. Performance on the Stroop predicts treatment compliance in cocaine-dependent individuals. Neuropsychopharmacology, 33(4), pp. 827-836. ISSN 0893-133X

Cardeña, Etzel; Terhune, Devin Blair; Lööf, Angelica and Buratti, Sandra. 2008. Hypnotic Experience is Related to Emotional Contagion. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 57(1), pp. 33-46. ISSN 0020-7144

Streeter, Chris C.; Jensen, J. Eric; Perlmutter, Ruth M.; Cabral, Howard J.; Tian, Hua; Terhune, Devin Blair; Ciraulo, Domenic A. and Renshaw, Perry F.. 2007. Yoga Asana Sessions Increase Brain GABA Levels: A Pilot Study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 13(4), pp. 419-426. ISSN 1075-5535

Terhune, Devin Blair. 2006. Dissociative Alterations in Body Image among Individuals Reporting Out-Of-Body Experiences: A Conceptual Replication. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 103(1), pp. 76-80. ISSN 0031-5125

Terhune, Devin Blair and Smith, Matthew D. 2006. The Induction of Anomalous Experiences in a Mirror-Gazing Facility: Suggestion, Cognitive Perceptual Personality Traits and Phenomenological State Effects. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194(6), pp. 415-421. ISSN 0022-3018

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