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A study completed at Durham and Stanford Universities found that people often experience auditory hallucinations in a multitude of ways and that the quality of the voices heard was not necessarily linked to the person’s diagnosis. A little less than half of the participants in the study reported hearing voices that were indistinguishable from another person being in the room, while a similar number of participants reported hearing thought-like voices, or a combination of the two. Some participants also reported a change in bodily sensations that accompanied the voices, with one in five participants experiencing “multisensory” voices. This study questions the popular belief that loud, external voices are typical of Schizophrenia and expresses a need for greater understanding regarding the complexities and variability in hearing voices. To read this article in its entirety, please click here.