Spiritualist mediums, those who believe they can hear and communicate with the dead, are more prone to immersive mental activities and unusual auditory experiences in early life.
Auditory hallucinations, a common feature of psychosis and schizophrenia, may be the result of increased connectivity between sensory and language processing areas in the brain.
A new study reports hyper-connectivity between substructures of the thalamus, and the cerebral cortex may be responsible for auditory hallucinations associated with schizophrenia.
People with schizophrenia who experience auditory hallucinations have greater activation in specific areas of the auditory cortex in response to sound frequencies. The mapping of sound frequency in the auditory cortex is scrambled in those with schizophrenia, suggesting a disruption in the normal processes for organized sound representation in the brain. As the tonotopic map is established during infancy and remains stable throughout life, the findings suggest vulnerability for auditory hallucinations is linked to defects in the organization of the auditory system during infantile development. This precedes speech development and the onset of psychiatric symptoms.
A new study reveals the neural processes we use to ignore the sound of our own footsteps and other self made noises. Researchers say the findings may shed new light on how we learn to speak and play music.
Researchers have developed a new technique that could allow those with schizophrenia, who do not respond to medications, to control verbal hallucinations.
Researchers report elevated dopamine levels may make those with schizophrenia rely more on expectations, which results in them experiencing auditory hallucinations.
A new study links the white matter integrity of the corpus callosum with a person's likelihood of experiencing auditory hallucinations and their musical aptitude.
A new study reports the brain considers our internal voice to be the same as speaking our thoughts aloud. The findings could have important implications for understanding auditory hallucinations in Schizophrenia.
A new Lancet study reports auditory hallucinations may be reduced in people with schizophrenia following face-to-face discussions with an avatar that says the things they hear. Researchers report the patients were able to verbalize their feeling by 'standing up to' the avatars and taking control of the conversations.
Researchers have identified a specific area of the brain responsible for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with schizophrenia. The researchers were able to control the hallucinations with the help of transcranial magnetic stimulation.