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Feelings of Presence: New Article and Survey

Have you ever had the experience of feeling like you are in the presence of somebody, even when no-one was there? Or had the feeling that someone was close by, who you couldn’t see, hear or touch?

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HtV Research Seminar: Roz Austin on ‘Voice-hearing and Spatialities of Emotion’, Durham, 19 May 2016, 5-7pm

The next seminar in the 2016 Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series, featuring a presentation by Roz Austin (Department of Geography and Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) on ‘Voice-hearing and Spatialities of the Emotions’, will take place in the Birley Room in Hatfield College, Durham University (number 20 on this map) on Thursday 19 May 2016, 5 pm – 7 pm.

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‘Working with Voices – Day 1’, Durham University, 18 April 2016

Over the past three and a half years, Hearing the Voice has worked closely with the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) on a number of initiatives designed to improve therapeutic practice in cases where people find their voices distressing. In 2013, we held a Best Practice in Psychosis Conference and a Follow-Up Day to enable local clinicians and mental health professionals share and showcase areas of good practice and find out about the latest translational research into voice-hearing and other unusual mental states. We are now delighted to announce that we are collaborating with the TEWV tertiary psychosis team to produce Working with Voices – a four-day training course that aims to equip TEWV staff working with people who experience distressing voices with hands-on skills that can be used in their clinical practice.

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2016 Hearing the Voice and ICHR Travel Scholarships

The International Consortium on Hallucination Research (ICHR) provides a scientific platform for researchers, mental health professionals, and people with a lived experience of hallucinations to collaborate on research and share ideas. Hearing the Voice and the ICHR steering group are pleased to announce that there will be three travel scholarships available this year to support researchers and people with lived experience of hallucinations to attend the Inaugural North American Conference of the ICHR, to be held on 26-27 September 2016 at the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA.

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Announcing the global premiere of ‘Healing Voices’ (29 April 2016)

Join communities around the world on 29 April 2016 for the global premiere of a new social action documentary exploring different perspectives on psychosis and mental illness. Directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, Healing Voices is a feature length documentary exploring the real-life stories of individuals working to overcome extreme mental states, and integrate these experiences into their lives in meaningful ways.

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Free e-book: Inner Experience – Theory, Measurement, Frequency, Content and Function, Frontiers in Psychology, February 2016

The term ‘inner experience’ is used to refer to a wide variety of internal states including inner speech or verbal thought, mental imagery, feelings and bodily sensations. But what’s the best way to study these experiences? And what light can we shed on their frequency, function and content? Earlier this year, the journal Frontiers in Psychology published a free research topic e-book edited by Alain Morin, Thomas M. Brinthaupt and Jason D. Runyan dedicated to exploring these questions, and providing a platform for the dissemination of high quality scientific research into inner experiences.

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Charles Fernyhough: ‘Reports from the future of medicine with Mosaic’, 5×15, London, 16 March 2016 (Video)

On Wednesday 16 March 2016, our project director Charles Fernyhough contributed to ‘Reports from the Future of Medicine’, an evening of five 15 minute science stories organised by 5 x 15 in collaboration with Mosaic, the Wellcome Trust’s online science magazine. His talk explored the many different contexts in which people can hear a voice, and sheds light on the complicated and nuanced relationship between voice-hearing and what psychologists call ‘inner speech’.

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Webinar: Tanya Luhrmann: ‘Culture and Psychosis’, National Institutes of Health Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Lecture Series, 11 April 2016, 2-3pm (EDT)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioural and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is delighted to announce that the next lecture in the 2015-2016 Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Lecture series will feature Professor Tanya Luhrmann on ‘Culture and Psychosis’ (11 April, 2pm-3pm EDT).

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