Experience of Receiving Vocal or Auditory Messages
18 - 65 Years Old
About this research study:
We believe that not all voice hearing is associated with mental illness. Those experiences could be genuine. You can help researchers learn more about how these real experiences occur in the brain.
Recent research has shown that many people in the general population have the experience of receiving vocal or auditory messages. Some people are able to channel these unusual experiences in a healthy productive manner, while others find these experiences to be distressing and feel the need for psychiatric care.
The NIH is supporting a research study where we hope to gain insights from people who live comfortably with these kinds of experiences that may be helpful to others who find their experiences to be challenging and stressful. Our ultimate goal is to learn how to be more helpful to people who struggle with their voices.
For a long time receiving vocal or auditory messages was perceived as a symptom of severe mental illness. Recent research has shown that many people in the general population have the experience of receiving vocal or auditory messages. Some people can channel these unusual experiences in a healthy productive manner, while others find these experiences to be distressing and feel the need for psychiatric care.
The NIH is supporting this research study so we can gain insights into the brain systems involved in these experiences in people who do not have a mental illness.
Is this research study for me?
You may qualify for this research study if you meet the following criteria.
18-65 years of age
History of receiving vocal or auditory messages and having unusual beliefs
Abuse of illicit substances
Severe psychiatric issues or treated with antipsychotic medication.
Medical or neurological condition likely to impact cognitive function such as serious traumatic brain injury with prolonged loss of consciousness, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis
Contraindication for MR scanning, such as metallic implants of any kind, pacemaker, history of accidents with metal, or claustrophobia
Chronic, untreated hypertension
What will happen if I participate in the research study?
The research study includes interviews, cognitive testing, brain activity recording, and an MRI brain scan.
The research study involves making 3-4 visits to the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center at 55 Wade Avenue in Catonsville, MD.
Will I be paid for being in this research research study?
Each visit is likely to take 2-3 hours, with payment of $20 per hour.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this research study?
There is no cost for you to participate in this research study.