January 2019
Happy New Year!

Welcome to the January edition of the Hearing the Voice (HtV) newsletter.

The HtV newsletter is a quarterly publication which contains information about the progress of our research, forthcoming workshops and conferences, and other project-related activities.  If you would like to hear from us on a more regular basis, you can
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We welcome information about relevant activities or events in your area for inclusion in this newsletter.  Please forward your suggestions to the Communications, Engagement and Impact Assistant, Rebecca Doggwiler.


Early Career Hallucination Research (ECHR) Group

Led by Ben Alderson-Day (Durham, UK) and Cassie Hazell (University of Oxford, UK), the ECHR group is open to anyone who is actively conducting research on hallucinations or unusual sensory experiences and considers themselves to be at an “early career” stage. Only set up in May, ECHR already has over 100 members based in 15 different countries. On November 9 2018, the group held their first one-day meeting, which took place in London and was attended by over 40 members of the network. You can review the tweets from the event at #ECHR2018 or follow new publications from the network via #echrpubs.


Passionate about science communication? We're hiring!

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant based in Psychology with a particular emphasis on mental health and science communication.

The project involves being part of an editorial and production team for our new website, Understanding Voices. You'll be expected to conduct desk research, interview contributors, review and summarise research findings, and write text for a range of formats, including the website, print materials, and scripts for videos and animation. Skills with summarising research evidence and communicating it to different audiences is a key requirement for the role, which may be suited to candidates with experience of blogging, public engagement or science communication.

This post is fixed term for 9 months, part-time 16.5 hours per week. The deadline for applications is midday on January 14 2019

For more information, including how to apply, visit our blog.

Hearing Voices Demonic and Divine: Scientific and Theological Perspectives

January 17 | Prior's Hall (Durham Cathedral) | 6-8PM

We warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine: Scientific and Theological Perspectives by Professor Chis Cook (Co-Investigator, Hearing the Voice) at Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral on Thursday 17 January 2019, 6-8pm.

Featuring an introduction by
John Swinton (Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen), our panel of experts will explore the experience of hearing voices from scientific, spiritual, theological and personal standpoints. Chaired by Charles Fernyhough (Director and PI, Hearing the Voice).

Wine and canapes will be provided.

All welcome. If you would like to attend this free event, we kindly ask (for catering purposes) that you register through 

What would it take to 'transform' early psychosis services?

24 January 2019 | 5-7PM | Williams’ Library | St Chad’s College | Durham University

On 24 January 2019 Nev Jones PhD (University of Florida) will be speaking on ‘What would it take to ‘transform’ early psychosis services? On the entanglements of phenomenology, social and cultural identity and structural disadvantage in early intervention’. All are welcome to this free lecture, which will take place at St Chad’s College (Durham University) from 5-7PM. Refreshments will be provided.

Download the flyer here.

ICHR Conference 2019
We’re pleased to announce that the next ICHR biennial meeting will take place in Durham, on 11–13 September 2019, and will be hosted by Professor Charles Fernyhough, Drs Angela Woods and Ben Alderson-Day, and the Hearing the Voice (HtV) team. As with previous ICHR biennial meetings, we welcome new proposals for work groups, which will meet on days 2 and 3.  Please note you can submit a working group proposal for the ICHR meeting in September 2019 (Durham), or for the next round (2021). Send a brief project scope (max 2 page) via email to Flavie Waters by 31 January 2019 (for round 1), or January 2021 (for round 2). For more information about criteria, roles and responsibilities, timeline, publications, etc., see our website.
11 September will be a public symposium on voice-hearing, exploring the experience of hearing voices, to which we warmly invite voice-hearers, their friends and families, mental health professionals and academic researchers. Anyone with an interest in voices is welcome to attend. 


'Easing the pain of hearing voices'

Last November, our Creative Facilitator Mary Robson featured on ABC Radio, talking with host Myf Warhurst about Hearing the Voice and our interdisciplinary research into voice-hearing and other unusual experiences. If you missed it, you can catch up here.
New podcast: Writers' Inner Voices, Literary Voices and the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Featuring interviews from the Hearing the Voice team, our new podcast provides an insight into the research produced by the Writers' Inner Voices (WIV) project, which explores the way in which writers experience the voices, presence and agency of the characters they create in their work. Learn more about WIV and our ongoing collaboration with the Edinburgh International Book Festival by listening to the podcast on Soundcloud.

Recent Publications

Selected highlights from our recent research publications are available to read freely at the links below:
Cook, C. (2018). Hearing Voices, Demonic and Divine: Scientific and Theological Perspectives. (Routledge: 2018).

Larøi, F., Thomas, N., Aleman, A., Fernyhough, C., Wilkinson, S., Deamer, F., and McCarthy-Jones, S. (2019). The ice in voices: Understanding negative content in auditory-verbal hallucinations. Clinical Psychology Review, 67, 1-10.

Corlett, P., Horga, G., Fletcher, P., Alderson-Day, B., Schmack, K., and Powers, A. (2019). Hallucinations and Strong Priors. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1-14.

Want to read more about Hearing the Voice?

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