What it is like to hear voices that no-one else can hear?

Hearing voices is an important aspect of many people’s lives. It is an experience that can be distressing and upsetting, but also positive and meaningful.

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.

About Us

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 anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, history, linguistics, literary studies, medical humanities, philosophy, psychology and theology. We also work closely with clinicians, voice-hearers and other experts by experience.

In addition to shedding light on the relations between hearing voices and everyday processes of sensory perception, memory, language and creativity, we are exploring why it is that some voices (and not others) are experienced as distressing, how they can change across the life course, and the ways in which voices can act as important social, cultural and political forces.

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Highlights from the Blog

Integrated Voices Consultation Events, Bradford & London, 31 Jan & 7 February 2018

In October 2017, we held a series of consultation events in Bradford, London and Newcastle in order to gather views on how to make our new web resource, Integrated Voices, as useful as possible. We are now holding two more events in Bradford and London, where we’d particularly like to hear from voice-hearers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and the families, friends and professionals who support them.

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Announcing a new series of events produced by Hearing the Voice and Waddington Street Community Centre, Durham, February – May 2018

 Hearing the Voice has teamed up with Waddington Street Community Centre to produce a new, four-part series of events exploring voice-hearing and other unusual experiences.
The series runs from February to May 2018, and each event takes place at Waddington Street Community Centre on the second Thursday of the month from 5 to 7pm.
 All are welcome to these free events. No need to register – just drop in! Refreshments will be provided.

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