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Lunch Hour Lecture: Why are voices that others cannot hear so powerful?

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 08 October 2019

Psychosis - Joana Roja

Zsófia Demjén, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, presents the findings of a study into how 10 voice-hearers, with diagnoses of schizophrenia, describe their interactions with their voices.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Emma Hart

Location

Darwin Lecture Theatre
044: Darwin Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT

Voice-hearing is reported by approximately 70% of individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum diagnoses, but a sizable minority cope well with such experiences. A key factor is the hearers’ perceptions of the power of the voices.

In this talk, Zsófia shows that the precise ways in which the voices attack or, more rarely, bolster multiple aspects of the hearer’s sense of self are key to how the voices exercise power. She suggests how this kind of analysis might feed into existing therapies of voice-hearing.

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UCL Minds Mental Health Series 

This lecture is part of the October series of UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lectures in recognition of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October 2019. The aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts to support people with mental health issues.

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