Voices & Thoughts in psychosis


Our post-doctoral researchers Dr Ben Alderson-Day and Dr Sam Wilkinson write:

Over the past 18 months Hearing The Voice have been curating a special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology on “Voices and Thoughts in Psychosis”. Although the print edition will not be out until sometime next year, each of the papers are now available online, including our Editorial that introduces the issue.

The focus for the special issue was on the relationship between hearing voices and having thoughts that do not feel like your own – experiences sometimes known as “inserted thoughts”. Although thought insertion is less common than voice-hearing, it seems to occur in a sizeable minority of people who hear voices. This has led some people to suggest that they might share similar causes or involve similar processes. On the other hand, there must be something different about each experience that prompts their description as “voices” or “thoughts” – raising key questions like how we recognise our own thoughts, and whether voices always have to involve sounds.

To read more about the topic, have a look at the Editorial and the collected issue articles below. Please note that because the articles come from lots of different research groups, only some are available to read freely online, but many of the authors will be willing to share their papers if you get in touch with them directly.

Editorial: Voices and Thoughts in Psychosis: An Introduction by Sam Wilkinson and Ben Alderson-Day (Hearing The Voice, Durham University). OPEN ACCESS

A Neuropsychological Approach to Auditory Verbal Hallucinations and Thought Insertion – Grounded in Normal Voice Perception by Jo Badcock (University of Western Australia). OPEN ACCESS

Schizophrenia and the Place of Egodystonic States in the Aetiology of Thought Insertion by Pablo Lopez-Silva (University of Manchester) .

Thinking, Inner Speech, and Self-Awareness by Johannes Roessler (University of Warwick).

On Thought Insertion by Rachel Gunn (University of Birmingham).

From Thoughts to Voices: Understanding the Development of Auditory Hallucinations in Schizophrenia by Peter Handest, Christoph Klimpke, Andrea Raballo, & Frank Laroi (University of Liege).

The Spectra of Soundless Voices and Audible Thoughts: Towards an Integrative Model of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations and Thought Insertion by Clara Humpston (Cardiff University) & Matthew Broome (University of Oxford).

Inner Speech, Imagined Speech, and Auditory Verbal Hallucinations by Daniel Gregory (Australian National University).

Hearing a Voice as One’s Own: Two Views of Inner Speech Self-Monitoring Deficits in Schizophrenia by Peter Langland-Hassan (University of Cincinnati).

To follow Ben and Sam on Twitter, have a look at @aldersonday and @sljwikinson.

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