The phenomenon of voice-hearing: an interdisciplinary approach
Interviewed by Mathieu Frerejouan
absorption, anthropology of mind, cognitive penetrability, religious experience, sense of reality
The study of voice hearing has been traditionally kept within the limits of psychiatry field which, by reducing it to the pathological phenomenon of “auditory verbal hallucinations”, mainly focused on its neurobiological origins. However new approaches of voice hearing, coming from the field of psychology as well as of politics, have emerged recently. Simon McCarthy-Jones contributes to this effort of renewing and enlarging our understanding of voice hearing, by apprehending this phenomenon through its diversity, from neuroscientific and psychological theories to the influence of historical contexts, shaped by stakes of politics, gender and religion.