I was watching a horror movie and I noticed during a scene that there was a high pitched noise playing in the background. It had been playing for a while before I noticed it and when I took notice it started to irritate my ears, however this isn't my concern. I noticed that while this noise played during the scene I was in a trance-like state almost felt like I was hypnotized, so my question is can these high pitched sounds be used put the viewer/listener into a trance-like state or hypnotize them and if so are there any scientific studies that prove or debunk my theory?

  • $\begingroup$ Firstly, my diagnosis: "nocebo effect". Secondly, this is probably entering the psychology/social sciences(/economics?) domain... See if this video hurts too: youtube.com/watch?v=O2hO4_UEe-4 $\endgroup$ – hello_there_andy Mar 16 '17 at 6:36
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for your input i didnt think id ever get any answers $\endgroup$ – damu alfred Mar 16 '17 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ Noo don't think like that! I am not saying you will not get any answers, I am saying, that if you modify the tags, it will very much likely boost your chances of getting those answers :). We need people like you, and the correct Stack Exchange site: cogsci.stackexchange.com, or the correct tags will open your question up to different experts (see: @NormalHuman, believes in your question too). $\endgroup$ – hello_there_andy Mar 16 '17 at 6:44
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    $\begingroup$ I understand what you meant. I just didnt expect to get a reply since i posted this well over a month ago $\endgroup$ – damu alfred Mar 16 '17 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ Still I dont think it was a nocebo effect as I didnt feel I was in harms way at any point. It was more like i was being forced or tricked into focusing on what was on the screen the sound drew my in and before I knew it I was as i said earlier in a trance like state I was just kinda blank if that makes sense? $\endgroup$ – damu alfred Mar 16 '17 at 7:01