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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453445/alterations-in-interhemispheric-gamma-band-connectivity-are-related-to-the-emergence-of-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-healthy-subjects-during-nmda-receptor-blockade
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Thiebes Stephanie, Steinmann Saskia, Curic Stjepan, Polomac Nenad, Andreou Christina, Eichler Iris-Carola, Eichler Lars, Zöllner Christian, Gallinat Jürgen, Leicht Gregor, Mulert Christoph
Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) are a common positive symptom of schizophrenia. Excitatory-to-inhibitory (E/I) imbalance related to disturbed N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) functioning has been suggested as a possible mechanism underlying altered connectivity and AVH in schizophrenia. The current study examined the effects of ketamine, a NMDAR antagonist, on glutamate-related mechanisms underlying interhemispheric gamma-band connectivity, conscious auditory perception during dichotic listening (DL), and the emergence of auditory verbal distortions and hallucinations (AVD/AVH) in healthy volunteers...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430009/real-time-fmri-neurofeedback-to-down-regulate-superior-temporal-gyrus-activity-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-auditory-hallucinations-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Natasza D Orlov, Vincent Giampietro, Owen O'Daly, Sheut-Ling Lam, Gareth J Barker, Katya Rubia, Philip McGuire, Sukhwinder S Shergill, Paul Allen
Neurocognitive models and previous neuroimaging work posit that auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) arise due to increased activity in speech-sensitive regions of the left posterior superior temporal gyrus (STG). Here, we examined if patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) and AVH could be trained to down-regulate STG activity using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging neurofeedback (rtfMRI-NF). We also examined the effects of rtfMRI-NF training on functional connectivity between the STG and other speech and language regions...
February 12, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395749/reduced-white-matter-connectivity-associated-with-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-first-episode-and-chronic-schizophrenia-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Xiaoling Zhang, Jie Gao, Feng Zhu, Wei Wang, Yajuan Fan, Qingyan Ma, Xiancang Ma, Jian Yang
This study aims to explore whether auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in schizophrenia are associated with the white matter abnormalities in tracts connecting language, auditory and memory/limbic networks in first-episode and chronic schizophrenia patients. 21 first-episode (FE-AVH) and 12 chronic (chronic-AVH group) patients who suffered from auditory verbal hallucinations and 26 healthy controls (HC group) were enrolled. Diffusion tensor imaging with tract-based spatial statistics was performed to assess the white matter changes between the two patient groups and HC group...
January 25, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29356004/training-switching-focus-with-a-mobile-application-by-a-patient-suffering-from-avh-a-case-report
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Lucia Visser, Igne Sinkeviciute, Iris E Sommer, Josef J Bless
Auditory verbal hallucinations complicate many psychiatric disorders. Antipsychotic medication is effective in the majority, but a significant minority experiences high burden from resistant hallucinations. Here, we aim to improve executive control, in an attempt to decrease burden from hallucinations. We describe the use of a cognitive trainings app by a young woman with highly resistant hallucinations. With modest training, a significant decrease in the duration of hallucinations was reached. Possibilities of this training technique are discussed...
February 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329040/do-adverse-life-events-at-first-onset-of-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-influence-subsequent-voice-characteristics-results-from-an-epidemiological-study
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Josef J Bless, Frank Larøi, Julien Laloyaux, Kristiina Kompus, Bodil Kråkvik, Einar Vedul-Kjelsås, Anne Martha Kalhovde, Kenneth Hugdahl
Understanding what happens at first onset of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) is extremely important on a clinical and theoretical level. Previous studies have only focused on age with regard to first onset of AVHs. In the current epidemiological study, we examined a number of aspects relating to first onset of AVHs, such as the role of adverse life events at first onset of AVHs on symptom severity and general mental health. For this purpose, we compared participants who reported adverse life events at first onset of AHVs (adverse-trigger group; N = 76) to those that did not report any specific events at first onset of AVHs (no-adverse-trigger group; N = 59) on a large array of variables...
December 24, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305294/cortical-folding-abnormalities-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-who-have-persistent-auditory-verbal-hallucinations
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Katharina M Kubera, Philipp A Thomann, Dusan Hirjak, Anja Barth, Fabio Sambataro, Nenad Vasic, Nadine D Wolf, Karel Frasch, R Christian Wolf
In schizophrenia temporal cortical volume loss differs between patients presenting with persistent auditory verbal hallucinations (pAVH) in contrast to those without hallucinatory symptoms (nAVH). However, it is unknown whether this deficit reflects a neural signature of neurodevelopmental origin or if abnormal temporal cortical volume is reflective of factors which may be relevant at later stages of the disorder. Here, we tested the hypothesis that local gyrification index (LGI) in regions of the temporal cortex differs between patients with pAVH (n=10) and healthy controls (n=14), and that abnormal temporal LGI discriminates between pAVH and nAVH (n=10)...
January 2, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259147/feasibility-and-clinical-utility-of-high-definition-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-the-treatment-of-persistent-hallucinations-in-schizophrenia
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A Bose, V Shivakumar, H Chhabra, R Parlikar, V S Sreeraj, D Dinakaran, J C Narayanaswamy, G Venkatasubramanian
Persistent auditory verbal hallucination is a clinically significant problem in schizophrenia. Recent studies suggest a promising role for add-on transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in treatment. An optimised version of tDCS, namely high-definition tDCS (HD-tDCS), uses smaller electrodes arranged in a 4x1 ring configuration and may offer more focal and predictable neuromodulation than conventional tDCS. This case report illustrates the feasibility and clinical utility of add-on HD-tDCS over the left temporoparietal junction in a 4x1 ring configuration to treat persistent auditory verbal hallucination in schizophrenia...
December 2017: East Asian Archives of Psychiatry: Official Journal of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224040/treatment-of-auditory-hallucinations-with-bilateral-theta-burst-stimulation-ctbs-protocol-of-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-multicenter-trial
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Christian Plewnia, Bettina Brendel, Tobias Schwippel, Peter Martus, Joachim Cordes, Alkomiet Hasan, Andreas J Fallgatter
Auditory verbal hallucinations (AH) are core symptoms of schizophrenia. They are often severely distressing and refractory to therapy. Their perception is associated with increased activity in temporoparietal areas of the brain. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) can reduce focal brain hyperactivity and has been shown to ameliorate AH. However, controlled multicenter clinical trials are still missing, effect sizes are moderate, and the treatment with rTMS is time consuming. Continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) is a quicker and potentially more effective technique to reduce cortical hyperactivity...
December 9, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209193/human-avatar-symbiosis-for-the-treatment-of-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-schizophrenia-through-virtual-augmented-reality-and-brain-computer-interfaces
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Antonio Fernández-Caballero, Elena Navarro, Patricia Fernández-Sotos, Pascual González, Jorge J Ricarte, José M Latorre, Roberto Rodriguez-Jimenez
This perspective paper faces the future of alternative treatments that take advantage of a social and cognitive approach with regards to pharmacological therapy of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) in patients with schizophrenia. AVH are the perception of voices in the absence of auditory stimulation and represents a severe mental health symptom. Virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) and brain computer interfaces (BCI) are technologies that are growing more and more in different medical and psychological applications...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200573/neural-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-schizophrenia-a-case-study-using-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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S Trevor Taylor, Harleen Chhabra, Vanteemar S Sreeraj, Venkataram Shivakumar, Sunil V Kalmady, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Schizophrenia is a severe neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, behavioral symptoms, and cognitive deficits. Roughly, 70%-80% of schizophrenia patients experience auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs), with 25%-30% demonstrating resistance to conventional antipsychotic medications. Studies suggest a promising role for add-on transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in the treatment of medication-refractory AVHs. The mechanisms through which tDCS could be therapeutic in such cases are unclear, but possibly involve neuroplastic effects...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175276/avatar-therapy-for-auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-people-with-psychosis-a-single-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Tom Kj Craig, Mar Rus-Calafell, Thomas Ward, Julian P Leff, Mark Huckvale, Elizabeth Howarth, Richard Emsley, Philippa A Garety
BACKGROUND: A quarter of people with psychotic conditions experience persistent auditory verbal hallucinations, despite treatment. AVATAR therapy (invented by Julian Leff in 2008) is a new approach in which people who hear voices have a dialogue with a digital representation (avatar) of their presumed persecutor, voiced by the therapist so that the avatar responds by becoming less hostile and concedes power over the course of therapy. We aimed to investigate the effect of AVATAR therapy on auditory verbal hallucinations, compared with a supportive counselling control condition...
January 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117877/post-traumatic-symptomatology-and-compulsions-as-potential-mediators-of-the-relation-between-child-sexual-abuse-and-auditory-verbal-hallucinations
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Simon McCarthy-Jones
BACKGROUND: Whilst evidence is mounting that childhood sexual abuse (CSA) can be a cause of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH), it is unclear what factors mediate this relation. Recent evidence suggests that post-traumatic symptomatology may mediate the CSA-AVH relation in clinical populations, although this hypothesis has not yet been tested in the general population. There is also reason to believe that obsessive ideation could mediate the CSA-AVH relation. AIMS: To test for evidence to falsify the hypotheses that post-traumatic symptomatology, obsessions, compulsions, anxiety and depression mediate the relation between CSA and AVH in a general population sample...
November 9, 2017: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089190/speech-illusions-and-working-memory-performance-in-non-clinical-psychosis
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Tina Gupta, Jordan E DeVylder, Randy P Auerbach, Jason Schiffman, Vijay A Mittal
Psychotic disorders are characterized by auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs), and research has shown that AVHs are linked to deficits in working memory. Our understanding of AVHs across the psychosis continuum is limited. To date, little research has tested whether hallucination proneness (HP) is linked with abnormalities on experimental multispeaker babble tasks. Few investigations have been conducted to determine how task performance might be linked to cognitive functioning. The objective of the current study is to better understand this empirical gap...
October 28, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077136/-non-invasive-brain-stimulation-in-schizophrenia-hallucinations-and-negative-symptoms
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A Aleman, J Brummelman, J J Dlabac-de Lange, S Koops, H Knegtering, S F W Neggers, I E Sommer
New approaches are needed in the treatment of characteristic symptoms of schizophrenia such as hallucinations and negative symptoms. Non-invasive brain stimulation can make a useful contribution.<br/> AIM: To discuss the published evidence regarding efficacy and safety of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rtms) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tdcs) when used in the treatment of auditory verbal hallucinations and negative symptoms.<br/> METHOD: We review and discuss recent meta-analyses and we analyse relevant factors...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069435/auditory-verbal-hallucinations-in-schizophrenia-from-a-levels-of-explanation-perspective
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Kenneth Hugdahl, Iris E Sommer
In the present article, we present a "Levels of Explanation" (LoE) approach to auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) in schizophrenia. Mental phenomena can be understood at different levels of explanation, including cultural, clinical, cognitive, brain imaging, cellular, and molecular levels. Current research on AVHs is characterized by accumulation of data at all levels, but with little or no interaction of findings between levels. A second advantage with a Levels of Explanation approach is that it fosters interdisciplinarity and collaboration across traditional borders, facilitating a real breakthrough in future research...
October 24, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066713/hallucinations-in-borderline-personality-disorder-prevalence-characteristics-and-associations-with-comorbid-symptoms-and-disorders
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Maria B A Niemantsverdriet, Christina W Slotema, Jan Dirk Blom, Ingmar H Franken, Hans W Hoek, Iris E C Sommer, Mark van der Gaag
To establish the point prevalence of hallucinations in borderline personality disorder (BPD), telephone interviews were conducted with 324 outpatients diagnosed with BPD. Then a subgroup (n = 98) was interviewed in person to investigate the co-occurrence of these phenomena with other psychotic symptoms, comorbid psychiatric disorders, prior childhood adversities, and adult life stressors. For hallucinations in general a point prevalence of 43% was found, with rates for hallucinations in separate sensory modalities ranging from 8-21%...
October 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050393/distinct-processing-of-ambiguous-speech-in-people-with-non-clinical-auditory-verbal-hallucinations
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Ben Alderson-Day, César F Lima, Samuel Evans, Saloni Krishnan, Pradheep Shanmugalingam, Charles Fernyhough, Sophie K Scott
Auditory verbal hallucinations (hearing voices) are typically associated with psychosis, but a minority of the general population also experience them frequently and without distress. Such 'non-clinical' experiences offer a rare and unique opportunity to study hallucinations apart from confounding clinical factors, thus allowing for the identification of symptom-specific mechanisms. Recent theories propose that hallucinations result from an imbalance of prior expectation and sensory information, but whether such an imbalance also influences auditory-perceptual processes remains unknown...
September 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019460/auditory-hallucinations-as-translational-psychiatry-evidence-from-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Kenneth Hugdahl
In this invited review article I present a translational perspective and overview of our research on auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia at the University of Bergen, Norway with a focus on the neuronal mechanisms underlying the phenomenology of experiencing "hearing voices". An auditory verbal hallucination, i.e. "hearing a voice", is defined as a sensory experience in the absence of a corresponding external sensory source that could explain the phenomenological experience. I suggest a general frame or scheme for the study of auditory verbal hallucinations which is called Levels of Explanation (LoE)...
October 11, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992552/comparison-of-clinician-rated-and-self-report-insight-in-korean-patients-with-schizophrenia-using-vagus-insight-scale
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Seong Hoon Jeong, In-Won Chung, Hee Yeon Jung, Samuel S Hwang, Se Hyun Kim, Tak Youn, Jun Ku Chung, Yong Sik Kim
This study was aimed to explore self-report auditory verbal hallucinations to provide unique and valuable information in addition to clinician-rated assessment in patients with schizophrenia. The VAGUS (http://www.vagusonline.com) is a recently developed insight scale that includes both clinician-rated (CR) and self-report (SR) versions. Insight measures obtained by the two versions of the VAGUS from the clinicians and the patients, respectively, in forty-one patients diagnosed with schizophrenia by DSM-IV-TR criteria were compared...
December 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981888/social-identity-and-psychosis-associations-and-psychological-mechanisms
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Jason C McIntyre, Sophie Wickham, Ben Barr, Richard P Bentall
Humans possess a basic need to belong and will join groups even when they provide no practical benefit. Paranoid symptoms imply a disruption of the processes involved in belonging and social trust. Past research suggests that joining social groups and incorporating those groups into one's identity (social identification) promotes positive self-views and better physical and mental health. However, no research has investigated whether social identity is associated with paranoia, nor the mechanisms by which this effect may emerge...
August 26, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
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