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
The Lancet Psychiatry has today published the results of a clinical trial by Tom Craig and colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) into AVATAR therapy, with commentary from Hearing the Voice’s Ben Alderson-Day.read more
Developing support for young people who hear voices in the North-East: Courses by Rai Waddingham (Darlington, January 2018)
HtV friend and collaborator Rai Waddingham launches new initiative in the North East, providing training and support for young people who hear voices and their supporters.read more
The 2017 ‘Durham International Fellowship for Research and Enterprise’ (DIFeREns) Competition is OPEN.read more
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