July 12, 2005

Why Imaginary Voices are Male

Read more... Schizophrenia Biology

The BBC News reported today on the auditory verbal hallucinations that people with schizophrenia very commonly experience. Specifically, they reported that these "voices" (as they are commonly referred to) are typically male, and that:

A university research team says it has discovered why most people "hearing voices" in hallucinations say they hear male voices.

Dr Michael Hunter's research at the University of Sheffield says that male voices are less complex to produce than female.

As such, when the brain spontaneously produces its own "voices", a male voice is more likely to have been generated.

Among both men and women, 71% of such "false" voices are male.

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It seems to me that just because you take 100 people and 71% have male voices, that wouldn't mean anything considering the vast individuality of mental illness. I am a male with both male/female voices. The study doesn't offer much to say what that means.

Posted by: Richard-s-a at July 12, 2005 03:45 PM

My brain does not have a problem producing complex hallucinations. I hear both male and female voices and see amazing things woven into the tapistry of reality.

Posted by: Fred at August 10, 2005 12:50 PM

my father has schizophrenia and he hears mostly womens and childrens voices

Posted by: jen at October 22, 2005 05:28 PM

I have many male & female voices and so do many of my friends who have this disorder.

Posted by: Resh at February 6, 2007 05:16 AM

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