The voices within: the science behind inner speech


In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Charles Fernyhough about his 2016 book looking into the history and science behind hearing voices. He argues that we should avoid the pejorative term ‘hallucinations’ by using the more neutral term ‘voice hearing’, and puts forward the idea that inner speech is a highly varied phenomenon that can also serve a beneficial purpose.


Date published: 22 August 2018

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Charles Fernyhough

Audio running time: 32 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the varying ways in which inner speech can present and the different functions it can serve


  • some of the theories behind how inner speech has developed


  • the scientific findings relating to the predisposition to hear voices.


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