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.
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
Hearing Voices | Seeing Visions | Making Zines with Liv Winter and Voice Collective (September 2021)
Join artist Liv Wynter for a series of online zine-making workshops to explore experiences of hearing voices and seeing visions! Open to anyone aged 16-25 with lived experience of voice-hearing. No artistic skills necessary!
A paper published today by the Centre for Mental Health has found that new ways of working are needed to address mental health inequalities. Hearing the Voice features in the report as a strong example of how to bring together and value different types of knowledge in the production of evidence to inform mental health policy and practice.
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