It’s been a while. Not only a great song by Staind, but also an accurate observation on when I last gave you an up-to-date blog.
In an attempt to catch you (and me) up with the latest voice-hearing research, here are the papers that caught my eye this Spring (up to the end of June).
In my last blog I mentioned a study of paranormal experiences in nurses, which got plenty of interest. Nothing similar this month, I’m afraid. No studies of out-of-body experiences in opticians, telepathy in teachers, or bus drivers encountering bigfoot. Well, no formal studies anyway…
If you leave to head to YouTube now, to find out more about the Bus Driver and Bigfoot, I’m going to be very disappointed. What’s that? Did I watch the rest of the video myself? Look, that’s not the point…*
Here’s this Spring’s voice-hearing research.
- Berta Britz gives an account of her experiences and re-contextualises voice-hearing.
- Keith Smith (University of Adelaide) publishes his PhD thesis on voice-hearing, which examines exactly what voices are saying.
- Here’s one for ontology and epistemology fans (do such people exist? I don’t know**)
- Angela Woods considers the relation between shame and voice-hearing, building on her great talk at the 2016 Chicago ICHR meeting.
- How common are each of the four main types of hallucinations (auditory, visual, olfactory and tactile) and why does this pattern exist?
- Are there sex differences in the prevalence of voice-hearing?
- Here’s a study of phone hallucinations; this experience turns out to be related to problematic phone use and could potentially be relevant to cognitive mechanisms in voice-hearing.
- How are inner speech, dissociation, and hallucination-proneness related?
- Is there a role for glutamate/glutamine in voice-hearing?
- More research into the effects of TMS relevant to voice-hearing.
Hearing Voices Movement
- A paper on the Hearing Voices Movement
- A Hungarian study of self-help groups for voice-hearing.
- Voice-hearing beyond diagnosis.
Bits and blogs
I published a number of blogs in this period, which may be of interest, including:
- Two simple questions that have changed the way people hear inner voices.
- 50-to-life: Why the phenomenology of ‘hearing voices’ matters.
- A contested experience: The multiple meanings of hearing voices.
I also wanted to flag this great blog by Rachel Rappell.
And here’s a quick shout out to three conferences involving voice-hearing that are coming up this year:
- It’s nearly World Hearing Voices Congress time again. It’s Boston this year, from Aug 16th-18th. Here’s a nice pre-conference blog by Sera Davidow.
- The ISPS conference is on in Liverpool from the 30th Aug – 3rd Sept.
- Renaud and Frank will be the hosts of the International Consortium on Hallucinations Research meeting this year. Lille, France: 6th-8th November.
And finally, huge congratulations to Eleanor Longden.
Her magnificent TED talk reached 4 million views this month.
A phenomenal achievement.
See you next month!
*If you do watch the video, and want to know what the BFRO is, it’s the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. And if you get to the end, you will be rewarded by a fantastic sign-off line. As it happens, an article this week argued “squatching” can have its benefits.
**This seemed funny at the time of writing. It was late.