Auditory hallucinations: To hear voices that do not exist
The Forum for Consciousness Research invites all interested to an open lecture on auditory hallucinations, given by Professor Kenneth Hugdahl at the University of Bergen.
About the lecturer
Professor Kenneth Hugdahl is a Swedish-born psychologist (PhD from Uppsala University in 1977) and a pioneer in fMRI research in Norway and Scandinavia. In 1984 he was appointed professor at the University of Bergen. He is currently the Head of the Bergen fMRI Group which initiated use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in neuroscience in Norway and the Nordic countries in the 1990s. Notable publications include Psychophysiology: The Mind-Body Perspective (1995), Experimental Methods in
Neuropsychology (2002) and The Asymmetrical Brain (2003). He also edited the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology from 1990 to 2004. He has published more than 300 articles, and is frequently cited for his work. He was a member of the Research Council of Norway from 1988 to 1989, and of the MacArthur Foundation from 1990 to 2000. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
About the research
The research of Prof. Hugdahl and the Bergen fMRI group is focused on brain activation studies related to a broad spectre of cognitive functions, including laterality, speech and language, working memory, attention, cognitive control and emotions, depression and aging. The group is also involved in research related to morphometry, perfusion/diffusion imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, spectroscopy, EEG and neuroinformatics, using a range of statistical tools and software. A particular focus is on the study of auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia, and dichotic listening studies of cognitive control. Kenneth Hugdahl is the recipient of an European Research Council Advanced Grant (ERCAdG) in 2010, and he was awarded the Research Council of Norway Møbius-award in 2014. In his lecture he will review his research on auditory hallucinations in both
patients and in the general population, presenting a new model for the understanding of auditory hallucinations.