Researchers in Australia, the U.K., the Netherlands, Canada and Belgium reviewed research on auditory hallucinations (AH) in schizophrenia as well other clinical and nonclinical groups. They propose a model of auditory hallucinations based on auditory neural activation patterns interacting with “a tapestry of expectations and memories, and state characteristics that influence how these experiences are interpreted. Emotional factors play a particularly prominent role at all levels of this hierarchy. Our model is distinctively powerful in explaining a range of phenomenological characteristics of AH across a spectrum of disorders.” Results will appear in Schizophrenia Bulletin.
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