At Intervoice, we receive a number of enquiries from researchers who are looking for people with personal experience of hearing voices to participate in, or advise on, their research. Once we have had the opportunity to review these opportunities, we will use this page to tell you about those we feel compliment Intervoice’s values.
Each of these researcher’s work independently of Intervoice – so take time to look at the information they have given and make an informed choice about whether or not you want to get involved. Researchers should always treat participants with respect, carefully explain the purpose of the study and ensure you feel comfortable to withdraw at any time.
We are currently working on guidance for researchers to help them involve voice-hearers in an inclusive and respectful way as we believe this is an essential part of good quality research. So, if you take part in any of the research detailed here, you may want to email us and tell us about your experience of it.
Current Research Opportunities (please note these are not directly linked to Intervoice)
Measuring and understanding different types of voice hearing
We are looking for people who have the experience of hearing voices which other people do not hear.
People have a range of experiences of hearing voices, which has made researchers think that maybe there are different types of voices.
This study is testing a new questionnaire about voice hearing to see if different types of voices exist and can be measured easily using a questionnaire. It will also look at whether certain types of voices are linked to different styles of thinking. It is thought that this might help us understand the causes of certain types of voices, and could then be used to improve therapy for people who are distressed by voices.
We are looking for about 100 people over the age of 16 who speak English. We need people who have heard voices in the last three months. The study takes place online, where people will be asked to complete some questionnaires about their experiences.
If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact the researcher:
Petrina Cox: [email protected] manchester.ac.uk
Supervisors: Eleanor Longden, Filippo Varese, Tony Morrison