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NLP research

NLP has a generally positive reputation amongst the general public, however some experts in established fields are often less familiar with its value, and unfortunately seem to be unaware of the evidence base of peer reviewed published research. This leads some to inaccurately confuse it with pseudo-science (meaning an approach where the usefulness has not been tested in a scientific way). It is hoped the bibliography below of peer reviewed published research will help to begin to update this inaccurate perspective.


List of Published NLP Research- correct January 2018

Arroll, B., & Henwood, S. M. (2017). NLP research, equipoise and reviewer prejudice. Rapport, 54, 24–26.

Arroll, B., Henwood, S. M., Sundram, F. I., Kingsford, D. W., Mount, V., Humm, S. P., … Pillai, A. (2017). A brief treatment for fear of heights: A randomized controlled trial of a novel imaginal intervention. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 52(1), 21–33.

Bigley, J., Griffiths, P. D., Prydderch, A., Romanowski, C. A. J., Miles, L., Lidiard, H., & Hoggard, N. (2010). Neurolinguistic programming used to reduce the need for anaesthesia in claustrophobic patients undergoing MRI. The British Journal of Radiology, 83(986), 113–117.

Biró, G. (2015). Treating Pollen Allergy with NLPt Approach. Presented at the 40th EANLPt Conference.

Genser-Medlitsch, M., & Schütz, P. (1997). Does Neuro-Linguistic psychotherapy have effect? New Results shown in the extramural section. Martina Genser-Medlitsch and Peter Schütz, ÖTZ-NLP, Vienna

Gray, R. M. (2002). Brooklyn Program – Innovative Approaches to Substance Abuse Treatment, The. Federal Probation, 66, 13.Federal Probation Quarterly Vol. 66. no.3. December 2002

Gray, R. M., & Bourke, F. (2015). Remediation of intrusive symptoms of PTSD in fewer than five sessions: a 30-person pre-pilot study of the RTM Protocol. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, 1(2), 13-20.

Gray, R. M., & Liotta, R. F. (2012). PTSD: Extinction, reconsolidation, and the visual-kinesthetic dissociation protocol. Traumatology, 1534765611431835.Traumatology, Vol 18, No 2, 3-16

Grimley, B. N. (2016). What is NLP? The development of a grounded theory of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, (NLP), within an action research journey. Implications for the use of NLP in coaching psychology. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(2), 166–178.

Hollander, J., & Malinowski, O. (2016). The Effectiveness of NLP: Interrupted Time Series Analysis of Single Subject – Data for One Session of NLP Coaching –. Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, 19(4), 41–46.

Karunaratne, M. (2010). Neuro-linguistic programming and application in treatment of phobias. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16(4), 203–207.

Kudliskis, V. (2013). Neuro-linguistic programming and altered states: encouraging preparation for learning in the classroom for students with special educational needs. British Journal of Special Education, 40(2), 86–95.

Kudliskis, V., & Burden, R. (2009). Applying ‘what works’ in psychology to enhancing examination success in schools: The potential contribution of NLP. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 4(3), 170–177.

Ojanen, M. (2005). Terapiastako ratkaisu. NLP-perustaisen psykoterapian tuloksellisuustutkimus. PSYKOLOGIA, 40(5/6), 599.

Sahebalzamani, M. (2014). Efficacy of neurolinguistic programming training on mental health in nursing and midwifery students. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 19(5), 503–507.Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 2014 Sept-Oct; 19(5): 503-507

Sahi, S., & Määttä, K. (2013). How did an antismoking campaign with a neuro linguistic program work out? A case study of secondary school students’ experiences in one Finnish school. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 22(3), 214–234.

Sterman, C. M. (1991). Neuro-linguistic programming as psychotherapeutic treatment in working with alcohol and other drug addicted families. Journal of Chemical Dependency Treatment, 4(1), 73–85.

Stipancic, M., Renner, W., Schütz, P., & Dond, R. (2010). Effects of Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy on psychological difficulties and perceived quality of life. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10(1), 39–49.

Sturt, J., Ali, S., Robertson, W., Metcalfe, D., Grove, A., Bourne, C., & Bridle, C. (2012). Neurolinguistic programming: a systematic review of the effects on health outcomes. The British Journal of General Practice: The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 62(604), e757-764.

Tosey, P., & Mathison, J. (2003). Neuro-linguistic programming and learning theory: a response. Curriculum Journal, 14(3), 371–388.

Wake, L., Gray, R. M., & Bourke, F. (2013). The Clinical Effectiveness of Neurolinguistic Programming: A Critical Appraisal. Routledge.

Wake, L., & Leighton, M. (2014). Pilot study using Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) in post-combat PTSD. Mental Health Review Journal, 19(4), 251–264.Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 19 Iss 4 pp. 251 – 264

Witt, K. (2008). Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy (NLPt) treatment can modulate the reaction in pollen allergic humans and their state of health. International Journal of Psychotherapy, 12(1), 50–60.

Zaharia, C., Reiner, M., & Schütz, P. (2015). Evidence-based neuro linguistic psychotherapy:   A meta-analysis. Psychiatria Danubina, 27(4), 335–363. Psychiatria Danubina 2015, Vol 27, No 4, pp 355-363


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