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
On Saturday 15 October, our project director Charles Fernyhough will be discussing his recent book ‘The Voices Within’ at the Durham Book Festival. He will be joined by our co-director Angela Woods and team member Marco Bernini.read more
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?read more
Hearing the Voice is delighted to draw our readers’ attention to ‘Inner Voices’ – a series of blog posts and short articles on voice-hearing and related issues published online by the Guardian. Written by Hearing the Voice researchers, the articles in the series explore the scientific, philosophical and literary aspects of hearing voicesread more
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