The so-called affect bridge (affect means feeling) is the association of a stimulus with an emotion experienced in the past. An affect bridge enables memories to be processed and resolved in hypnosis. The stimulus is a certain event, a place, a person or even an object. If the stimulus is brought to the person in the present, he or she experiences the same or at least similar feelings and physical sensations as in the past. In hypnosis, past childhood memories and experiences can be triggered to feel like they did when they were actually experienced. Clients in hypnotic age regression experience emotion exploration during stimulus exposure much more intensely and significantly than in wakefulness and can alter these memories in trance.