HEARING THE VOICEINTERDISCIPLINARY VOICE-HEARING RESEARCH
What it is like to hear voices that no-one else can hear?
Usually associated with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia and psychosis, voice-hearing is now being recognised as an important aspect of many ordinary people’s lives.
We seek to provide a better understanding of this experience by examining it from different academic perspectives and working with voice-hearers, clinicians and mental health professionals.
Hearing the Voice is a large interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing, based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Our international research team includes academics from cognitive neuroscience, English Literature, cultural studies, medical humanities, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, psychiatry and theology. We also work closely with clinicians, voice-hearers and other experts by experience.
In addition to exploring the subjective experience of hearing voices, we are investigating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that underlie this experience. We are also exploring the links between voice-hearing and creativity, and exploring the ways in which voice-hearing has been interpreted and represented in different cultures, religions and historical periods. Many of our researchers are developing innovative ways of improving therapeutic practice in cases where people find their voices distressing and clinical help is sought.
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Highlights from the Blog
Voice-hearers: What are your priorities for research into the other experiences and changes that accompany voices?
Many people who hear voices say that they sometimes experience other changes at the same time. These can include seeing visions, receiving special messages, synchronicities, physical sensations, and changes in thinking. We are interested in learning more about these experiences. If you hear voices, self-define as a voice-hearer, or have experienced things that are similar we invite you to help us identify the key priorities for future research.read more
Integrated Voices – Can you help us create a resource for people who hear voices and those who support them?
Rai Waddingham, who is a member of the editorial board for our new project Integrated Voices, writes: In my experience, at least, the availability of information on the internet can bring with it both opportunities and risks. To someone hearing voices for the first...read more
Hearing voices and seeing visions is not a topic of everyday conversation. Many people do not realise that around 1 in 20 of us will experience unusual perceptions at some point in our lives. But do these experiences change as we age? If you are aged 18-30 or 60-75, we’d like to invite you to take part in our study on age and unusual experiences.read more
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