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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‘Voices, knowledge and ignorance: Reflections on experiences of “Company”‘, St Chad’s College Chapel, Durham, 20 January 2017, 12-2pm
‘Voices, knowledge and ignorance: Reflections on experiences of Company’ St Chad’s College Chapel 18 North Bailey Durham DH1 3RH 20 January 2017, 12pm – 2pm Samuel Beckett wasn’t particularly tender with “those bastards of critics”, who were asking him for...read more
Hearing the Voice is delighted to announce that experiential audio performances of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Company’ will take place in the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Durham Cathedral from 16 to 20 January 2017.
Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark’. This voice, which the protagonist can neither verify or name, ‘tells of a past’. In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world.
Applications are now open for the 2016 ‘Durham International Fellowship for Research and Enterprise’ (DIFeREns) competition.
Hearing the Voice would like to invite you to apply for the 2016 round of the Durham International Fellowship for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) scheme.read more
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