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Levels of explanation in the study of auditory verbal hallucinations: Views from neuroscience and philosophy

How do explanations of AVHs from different diciplines relate to each other: are they compatible with each other? Do they complement or support each other? Or do they stand in conflict with each other? In the workshop, philosophers and neuroscientist will come together to explore these and related questions.

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Over the last years, the topic of “auditory verbal hallucinations” (AVHs)—also known as the phenomenon of “hearing voices”—has attracted much interest in a number of different disciplines, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and philosophy. Important progresses have been made towards an understanding of AVHs at various levels within these areas. But there has not been much debate yet about how explanations of AVHs at the different levels relate to each other: are they compatible with each other? Do they complement or support each other? Or do they stand in conflict with each other? In the workshop, philosophers and neuroscientists will come together to explore these and related questions.

Preliminary schedule:

9.00-9.15 Welcome (Kenneth Hugdahl (Bergen) / Reidar Lie (Bergen))

Chair person for morning session: Reidar Lie

09.15-10.00 Tim Bayne (Monash/Bergen): levels of explanation for AVH in general
10.00-10.30 discussion
10.30-10.45 break
10.45-11.15 Kenneth Hugdahl: cellular level, neurotransmitters and synapses
11.15-11.45 discussion
11.45-12.15 Kristiina Kompus (Bergen): cognitive level, neuroimaging
12.15-12.45 discussion

12.45-14.00 lunch

Chair person for afternoon session: Karsten Specht (Bergen)

14.00-14.30 Franz Knappik (Bergen): a Bayesian inner-speech account (cognitive level)
14.30-15.00 discussion
15.00-15.15 break
15.15-15.45 Frank Larøi (Bergen): clinical / cultural level
15.45-16.30 discussion & conclusion