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Why do I hear things that aren't there?
« on: 14/07/2014 14:22:09 »
I'm a music composer and there are times when I am relaxed, just about to go to sleep, and have no distractions in the room, I can bring sounds and voices and music to my ears. The sound is so clear that it is almost having headphones or a person right next to me. The noise is directly in my ears like real sounds and not in the same place as normal thoughts in my head during the day. Why does this happen?
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Why do I hear things that aren't there?
« Reply #1 on: 14/07/2014 14:22:09 »
We answered this question on the show...

So now, we attend to the next question which comes from listener Kris Oliver whoís been in touch saying, ďWhy do I hear and see things that aren't there?Ē  So, heís a music composer and at times when heís relaxed or heís just about to go to sleep, he can bring voices or auditory hallucinations into his mind so he can hear things that other people can't hear.  Heís asking what's going on there.  Apparently, this isnít uncommon.  So, I spoke to the head of the department of psychiatry at Cambridge University and he said that a recent study thatís been published indicates that about 10% - so, 1 in 10 older teenagers will actually experience the same thing, these hallucinations even though they're not actually psychotic.  So, they haven't got Schizophrenia but they are experiencing things that other people donít.  So, what's going on there?
Martin -   So, conscious perception of sound results from the processing of sound waves, either the brainís auditory system, in the same way the conscious perception of colour results from the processing of light waves and particles by brainís visual system.  These systems will be highly sensitised and people like Kris who engage these systems in a frequent and highly specialised manner, these systems can evoke a conscious perception like a memory trace offsets (44
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