In 2003 (when being in Athens) I appealed to the Committee of Education through the Russian Embassy and I made a list of about 20 research institutes in Moscow and St. Petersburg and their representatives who have probably carried out researches similar to my topic.
- Research Institute of Addictology, Moscow, director – Prof. Anyukhina I.P.
- Research Institute of Normal Physiology after Anyukhin P.K., Moscow, Academician Sudakov K.V., Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.
- Scientific Center of Psychiatric Health of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Prof. Tiganov A.S. and Iznak A.F.
- Russian Medical Academy of Advanced Studies, Academician Veyn A.M., “Somnlologiya” Institute.
- Institute of Hyman Brain of Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Academician Berekhteva I.P.
- Research Institute of Psychoneurology after Berekhtov V.M., St. Petersburg, Prof. Slyozin V.B.
- Research Institute of Brain of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Prof. Khudoyorkov R.M.
- Psychology faculty of Moscow State University, Prof. Grimak L.N.
- Research Institute of Pathology and Pathophysiology of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Prof. Kryzhanovskiy G.N.
- State Scientific Center of Social and forensic psychiatry after Serbskiy V.P., Moscow, Prof. Salyntsev, I.V.
- All-Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems, Moscow, Prof. Myasniliv, Matyudhkin, Salnitskiy, Gushchiin, Ivanenko.
- St. Petersburg State University, Prof. Kanunikov I.V.
- Institute of Physiology after Pavlov, Prof. Altman Ya. A.
- Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Prof. Rodshtat I.V.
- Institute of Experimental medicine of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, St. Petersburg, Prof. Tolkunov B.F.
- Research Institute of Experimental Physiology and Radiotechnics, Prof. Shanovalnikov D.A.
- Research Institute of New Medical Technologies, Tula, Prof. Yanshin.
- Moscow Medical Academy After Sechenov, Prof. Lenkov, L.R.
- Research Institute of Higher Nervous Activity, Prof. Ivanovskiy A.M.
I have visited these research institutes during one month and have met with key specialists in psychiatry, neurology and physiology. The most impressive ones were my visits to the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Scientific Center of Psychic Health in Moscow and institute of human Brain in St. Petersburg.
Academician Tiganov, director of the Scientific Center of Psychic Health, familiarized us with all 20 departments of the university, having declared that when he had been studding at the university he was interested in hypnosis too, and, therefore, he was respectful to this method of treatment. He has also presented us with a two volume text book on Psychiatry under his editorship.
We were introduced to Prof, Iznak, the head of the neurophysiologic laboratory at the Institute of Psychic Health, who have immediately offered us to held a series of experiments with examination of EEG parameters of hypnosis.
Being a scientist of worldwide reputation and a member of five international academies, Prof, Iznak personally took part in the experiment. We went ot the laboratory where Professor Iznak offered to make an examination of hypnotic catalepsy on himself. Moreover, we have signed an agreement of collaborative work in researches.
Later, we have communicated with Prof. Iznak on different conferences regarding issues on brain psychophysiology both in Moscow and Athens.
The meeting with the scientists from the Institute of Biomedical Problems, who study the psychophysiology of cosmonauts, was also very productive. Professors Matyushkin, Myasnikov, Salnitskiy, who are well-known engineers of life support systems for space flights, grew great interest in my concept of adaptation impact of hypnotic catalepsy in the conditions of sensory deprivation.
The questions of possible designing a device for brain biorhythm stabilization were discussed. In addition, we have also signed an agreement of collaborative work in researches.
Nonetheless, I was mostly impressed by the meeting with Prof. Grimak, M.D., outstanding hypnologist, paratrooper, colonel and very pleasant man and teacher, student of Platonov K.K. who was a student of Platonov K.I., who in his turn was a student of Bekhterev V.M.
Conversations with Prof. Grimak and his experiments
During our discussion we have found that the study of changes in feeling gravity which is held by the scientists of the Institute of Space Researches look like suggested hypnotic catalepsy that we study the Institute for Disabled People Rehabilitation in Tashkent. After long talks I managed to make Professor interested in the catalepsy modelling as the most stable state of akinesia with the polysystemic complex of derivational phenomena.
Later, Grimak was actively engaged in my researches and, when signing for me his monograph “Modelling of Human States in Hypnosis”, said that he would like to see me as his follower. This news was very delightful for me to hear. Grimak was a quite a man of principle and zealously protected hypnologists from frauds and ignoramuses. He openly criticized Kashpirovskiy and similar charlatans who spoil the image of hypnosis as a scientific discipline by their mercantilistic interests.
Grimak told us about Platonov family with great respect emphasizing the contribution both scientist have made for the hypnosis in Russia. He also didn’t forget to mention one of the outstanding works on brain studies of all times and nations – “Koloss of Psychoneurology” by Bekhterev.
Name, authority, photo and video materials of works by Bekhterev allowed us to present to the whole world phenomenon of hypnotic catalepsy that is studied from the point of view of sensory deprivation.
I remember Prof. Sudakov well too. He is the director of the Research Institute of Normal Physiology named after Anyukhin, follower and successor of the functional systems development theory.
Prof. Sudakov showed interest in our studies in hypnology and wrote a review on our author's abstract of dissertation where he had expressed an opinion about the presence of principles of functional systems in the process of hypnotic induction.
With Prof. Sudakov and his review on author's abstract of dissertation.
In the Institute of Brain in Moscow we had an interesting meeting with the head of Functional Neurochemistry of brain Prof. Khudoyorkov who told us about the research of the cognitive processes during schizophrenia by a method of generated potential and kinesthetic answers. Later, we applied some of this information in differentiation of hypnotic and catatonic akinesia.
Meeting with Prof. Ivanitskiy A.M. played a great role. He informed us that the Research Institute of Higher Nervous Activity, where he is a director, studies the phylogenesis of some states that are common for people and animals, especially the phenomenon of hypnotic catalepsy. Some researches of the institute workers, such a Prof. Simonov and Prof. Smirnov, are also devoted to this topic. Today, the majority of studies are applied on animals.
We have visited the Institute of Patophysiology and met with Academician Kryzhanovskiy with whom we have been discussing for a long time the question of hypnotic sensory deprivation duration from the point of view of correction of pathological functional systems appearing earlier, and increase of brain additional abilities in this state.
The meeting with Prof. Anokhina, the head narcologist of the Russian Federation, was very important. When discussing the psychotherapy of narcomania, we came to conclusion that hypnosis is the most effective method of remodelling of people who became addicted to psychoactive drugs. Professor was satisfied with our persistence in mastering vocational psychology method and our aspiration for the neurophysiologic statements of hypnotic phenomena. She presented us with a two volume book under her editorship.
In the same month we have met with Salyshchenkov, an associate professor in the State scientific Center of Social and forensic psychiatry named after Serbskiy. We have exchanged our views on the issue of heroin addiction treatment by the means of hypnosis.
In the Moscow Medial Academy after Sechenov we have met with Prof. Zenkov with whom we have discussed possible neurophysiologic features of a parson in the state of changed consciousness.
Prof. Rodshtat, Ph.D., processor of the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, became interested in our work in the sphere of cerebral pace maker study and technical reproduction of the state of sensory deprivation.
We also visited “Somnlologiya” Institute where our interlocutors and opponents were Prof. Veyn, Prof. Dyukova, candidate of medical science Khvatov and candidate of medical science Skripnikov.
Next, under advice of Prof. Matyushkin (first specialist from the All-Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems) we went to St. Petersburg for meeting with other scientists who were interested in the problem of changed state of consciousness.
Prof. Slyozin from the Psycho-Neurological Institute after Bekhterev shared with us his thoughts about brain biorhythms of human in the state of religious ecstasies.
Prof. Kanuninkov, director of department at the St. Petersburg State University, showed us new methods of EEG scanning of brain activity. He also presented us one of the latest tutorials on the study of brain activity physiology.
When visiting the Institute of Physiology after Pavlov we met with Academician Altman, who showed me neurophysiologic laboratory that deals with deprivational phenomena of auditory system.
Our visit to the Institute of Human Brain resulted in the meeting with Prof. Bbekhtereva, with whom we had a lively conversation about the methods of suggestional encoding. Prof. Spivak familiarized us with his research in Neurolinguistics.
Visit to the Institute of Experimental Medicine under the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences gave us a chance to know about the Tolkunov’s laboratory work. It amazed us with the fabulousness of the ideas and theis scientific reality. The cognitive processes that were studied on primates stroke us with their daring.
The trip to Russia in 2003 was extremely impressive for me. As the result, I was able not only to get support from Russian scientists but also I have completely decided to continue my study of hypnosis.
Consequently, I started to gather material and make research on hypnosis as the seeker at the National University of Uzbekistan under the direction of Prof. Kadirov, director of the department of Differential Psychology and Psychophysiology. The leading institute was Tashkent Medical Academy. The base was the Laboratory of Functional Diagnosis of the Tashkent Institute of Disabled People Rehabilitation which at that moment had the best EEG equipment. Even nowadays we are good friends and parters with the director of the Institute Prof. Mukhamedzhanov.
Materials of my dissertation have been reported gradually on the following seminars: Republican Theoretical and Practical Seminar “Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Disabled People”, Tashkent in 2003; Republican Theoretical and Practical Seminar “Contemporary Issues of Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Disabled People”, Tashkent, 2004; Republican Theoretical and Practical Seminar “Medical and Social Rehabilitation of Disabled People”, Tashkent in 2005; and international Uzbek-Russian Conference “Contemporary Issues of Rehabilitation in Medicine”, Tashkent 2007.
On May 2006 on the International Congress of Psychiatrists in Athens, Greece, Prof. Alimov said, “Hypnosis is a quite labour-intensive method and not every psychotherapeutist can apply it due to different personal potential.” Working in association with scientists of the Tashkent Institute of Advanced Medical Studies under the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, we have described hypnosis from the point of view of functional systems and published the data in the article “Possibilities of use of sensory deprivation in treatment of drug addiction from the point of view of functional systems.”
Prof. Kadirov, director of the department of Differential Psychology and Psychophysiology at the National University of Uzbekistan, have focused our research on the phenomenon of catalepsy.
The level of the theoretical classes and teaching of Prof. Tursunkhodzhayeva appeared to be quite high.
Huge experience and like to psychiatry we received form the instructor of the Psychiatry Department Prof. Bulychyova who invited us for several times to share our experience with the students of Medical University.
The result of the many years work was the dissertation defense on the topic “Psychophysiological Correlates that Objectify Hypnotic Catalepsy” and the acquisition in 2008 the degree of candidate of psychological science on the specialty 19.00.02 – Psychophysiology. The dissertation itself received positive comments from the scientist of more that five countries. The dissertation was officially accepted by the highest certification commissions of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Russian Federation and Greece.
In 2006 I assessed by the Committee of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan under the Republican Center of Doctor’s Licensing and received the first category of the Psychotherapeutist.