HealthDay (3/12, Preidt) reports on a study (3/12) of people who hear “voices” published in the Lancet Psychiatry. The study covered “127 people who had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and 26 others with no history of mental illness.” The study, led by Angela Woods of Durham’s Center for Medical Humanities, consisted of an online questionnaire. Eighty-one percent attested to hearing multiple voices, while two-thirds of those responding also recounted “physical effects from the voices, such as hot or tingling sensations in their hands and feet.”
The surveys also showed that while most had negative associations with the voices, “31 percent of the participants also felt positive emotions.” In addition, 45 percent of respondents said that the voices were not “purely auditory” but were “thought-like or ‘in-between’ voices with both thought-like and auditory features.”
— “Study Highlights Complexity of ‘Hearing Voices’,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, March 11, 2015.