Online survey entitled ‘Exploring the Content of Voice Hearing’

Request from Kirsty Phillips

“I am an MSc Student at University College London (UCL) and I am conducting an online survey entitled ‘Exploring the Content of Voice Hearing’. This study is being conducted under the supervision of Chris Brewin (Professor of Clinical Psychology, UCL) and in collaboration with Dr Eleanor Longden and Professor John Morton. Essentially our study is interested in exactly what people hear when a voice speaks to them, as well as their own perception of the voice and their experience of voice hearing. This type of study has never been conducted before and we are hoping it will provide great insight into the voice hearing experience. Unfortunately, currently we only have a few respondents and we will need a much greater number of participants. I am wondering if it would at all be possible for you to make your group aware of the study or circulate the appropriate links to anyone that may be interested in completing the anonymous online survey about their experience of voice hearing.

Here is some more information about the study:

“Exploring the Content of Voice Hearing.”

‘What does it mean to hear a voice?’

“Hearing voices” is an experience where person has a strong perception of hearing a voice that is not identified as being their own internal voice, and does not originate from another person nearby.

‘Do you hear voices?’

You are not alone. It’s estimated that between 3-10 percent of the population hear voices. Furthermore, there are support networks available to people who have these experiences in the UK (Hearing Voices Network) and internationally (Intervoice).

‘Why take part in our study?’

For those who experience the phenomena of hearing voices, it can be extremely distressing and have a major impact on their ability to go about daily life. Recently, psychological research has begun to explore the phenomena of voice hearing in more depth. By more fully understanding these experiences, the better the psychological and voice hearing communities become at managing and overcoming these experiences. Other research has addressed the occurrence of voice hearing across multiple psychiatric conditions and the characteristics or properties that may be associated with the voices heard. However, our study is unique in that we are attempting to gather examples of what exactly a person hears when they hear voice. From these examples we intended to analyse the properties of the language used and how these properties may relate to the characteristics of that voice. A study of this kind has not yet been conducted and we are hopeful that it may give us a great insight into the phenomena of hearing voices by more fully understanding exactly what the voices say.

All data collected by this study will be stored in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Here are four different ways in which the link to the survey can be accessed:

The study is currently being advertised on the Intervoice website:

The study can be accessed directly through the survey link here.Alternatively, the study can be accessed through social media pages:
Twitter: (@VoiceHearing)

(It is not necessary to have accounts for Facebook/twitter to view these pages to access the link the survey)

If you have any further queries regarding this study please do not hesitate to contact me [email protected]


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