Establishing the neural mechanisms of auditory-verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia

A study looking to identify a neurophysiological brain marker of auditory hallucinations (hearing voices).

The study is looking to identify a neurophysiological brain of auditory hallucinations (hearing voices). We are looking to examine this brain marker in individuals with schizophrenia who:
1) currently hear voices,
2) don’t currently hear voices but have in the past, and,
3) have never experienced hearing voices.
In addition, we are also interested in individuals who experience hearing voices but don’t have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and community controls without an existing mental health disorder. The study involves a 1hr electroencephalography (EEG) test, a 1.5hr clinical interview, and an optional 1hr MRI brain scan. You will be reimbursed for your time, and have lunch and transportation arranged. 


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  1. have received a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, schizophreniform, schizoaffective disorder
  2. experience hearing voices (auditory hallucinations) but do not have a diagnosis of schizophrenia
  3. are community controls without an existing mental health diagnosis
  4. have not had electrical convulsive therapy in the last 6 months
  5. have never had a head injury with a concussion for > 10 minutes

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator:

Please contact: or 9114 4377


Ethics committee approval number: PID02140/ETH11005