Hearing the Voice is an interdisciplinary research project based at Durham University. The project aims to help us better understand the phenomenon of hearing a voice no one else can hear (a phenomenon also referred to as auditory verbal hallucinations), its cognitive-neuroscientific mechanisms, its social, cultural and historical significance, and its therapeutic management.
The Hearing the Voice research team, led by Charles Fernyhough, includes academics from cognitive neuroscience, cultural studies, English literature, medical humanities, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology and theology; clinicians and arts-and-health practitioners; voice-hearers, service users and other ‘experts by experience.’
Hearing the Voice has been in development since 2010 with the support of Durham’s Institute of Advanced Study, the Seedcorn Research Fund and the Centre for Medical Humanities. All the Durham-based researchers are members or affiliates of the CMH, and the Centre has played a key role in faciliating the exchange of ideas between researchers from across the disciplines.
In April 2012 Hearing the Voice received a Medical Humanities Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust to fund the first, three-year phase of the project. We are delighted to advise that the official launch of Hearing the Voice will take place in October 2012.