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
An invitation to voice-hearers: Reflections on ‘Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday’, Tuesday 21 February 2017, from 5-7pm.
After an exhilarating four months, the final week of ‘Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration, and the everyday’ is almost upon us. We warmly invite voice-hearers, their families, friends and allies to join us for a final viewing and to share reflections on the exhibition and its linked programme of events at Palace Green Library on Tuesday 21 February 2017, from 5-7pm. Wine, soft drinks and light refreshments will be provided.read more
Public Symposium: ‘Voices, Visions, and Divine Inspiration,’ St Chad’s College Chapel, Durham, 18 February 2017, from 1 – 6pm.
Join us to explore the spiritual aspects of hearing voices and the way in which these rich and enigmatic experiences have been represented and interpreted in different religious contexts from the medieval period to the present.read more
Public Lecture: Professor Tanya Luhrmann on ‘The Voice of God’ at Palace Green Library, Durham, 16 February 2017 from 5:30 – 7pm.
Hearing the Voice are delighted to announce this public lecture by Tanya Luhrmann, distinguished Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department.read more
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