Working Groups and Publications


(ROUND 1, Durham UK, September 2019; ROUND 2, Groningen Netherlands, 2021)


Every two years, new working groups are formed with the objective of conducting a detailed or systematic investigation on a particular or broad research theme relating to hallucinations or a related experience.

The groups are expected to
(i) develop and submit a project proposal addressing all of the ICHR working group criteria
(ii) identify a group leader whose responsibility entails taking the project to completion,
(iii) work together on the defined project within a 12 months to 4 year period
(iv) present their completed work (or provide an update on progress) at the next biennial ICHR meetings (the next one being 2019, Durham University UK), and
(v) work together towards a manuscript for publication (either as part of ICHR coordinated special journal issue or separately)

Working group themes must (1) relate to voices, visions, other hallucinations, or a related experience, (2) present a significant development and advance in concept, and (3) have translational implications into important outcomes in science or clinical practice. The criteria for working group proposal are listed below.

We are particularly keen for working groups to be collaborative and multidisciplinary (encompassing the humanities and social sciences as well as psychological, clinical and neurobiological disciplines).

Projects may seek to develop new clinical tools, address novel research questions through the collection of empirical data, collect evidence for clinical interventions or treatments, pool datasets from different sites, or critically challenge existing frameworks. A range, or a combination, of methodologies may be used although (i) gathering of new empirical evidence is strongly recommended and encouraged, and (ii) all research must adhere to research ethics standards, data protection regulation, and other local laws and regulations.

The number of working groups is typically limited to 10. However, the number of contributors within a group does not have a limit. Groups should ideally include individuals with lived experience and early career researchers (ECRs). For details of the latter, see the ECHR website:


Each working group comprises a working group leader, and working group members.

Group leaders take the lead in organizing and coordinating the group’s activities with assistance from working group members. The leader can be self-appointed, but must commit to working collaboratively with experts with different specialist knowledge. New collaborations form the ethos of ICHR and are particularly encouraged to support the cross-fertilization of ideas.

Responsibilities of the working group leader involve:
• A commitment to taking the project to completion
• A willingness to work and publish with others, and a collegial attitude
• Development of the initial proposal
• Regular communication with ICHR steering group about the project’s progress (every 3 months or so)
• Coordination of the work with group members
• Presentation of the main working group findings at the ICHR meeting in Sept 2019
• Preparation of manuscript/s for publication in collaboration with your group members

Group membership is decided by the group leader.

Responsibilities of working group members are to:
• Take an active role in the project under the guidance and direction of the leader and
• Contribute in a significant way to the project and manuscript preparation

Being a working group member does not guarantee co-authorship on publications, although it is the responsibly of the working group leader to make sure that all work towards the project is acknowledged appropriately.

If you are interested in contributing to a working group, but do not belong to a group, please contact a steering committee member or the meeting hosts outlining your area of interest and expertise. The steering committee member should provide you with advice on how to form your own working group, or will try to put you in touch with others who have similar research interest (if possible and relevant).


The intention is for reports to be published soon after the meeting. We try to publish the best working group papers together in the form of a supplement of the best papers and reports. All publications are subject to independent and rigorous peer-review. The publication journal is decided by the steering committee. We have been lucky to have the support of Schizophrenia Bulletin in the past, and we always seek to continue this association although it is not a guaranteed outcome.

Not all reports are published with the support from ICHR, and working group leaders may decide to seek publication elsewhere after consultation with their group members.


Please send a brief project scope (max 2 page) to the by 31 January 2019 (for round 1), or January 2021 (for round 2).

Proposals should address all of the following selection criteria:
• List of working group members, with valid email addresses (please seek the explicit consent of each group member for this information to be passed on to ICHR)
• Relevance (relates to voices, visions, other hallucinations, or a related experience)
• Innovation (presents a significant development and advance in concept)
• Collaborative (significant collaboration involving people outside own existing research group)
• Multi-disciplinary (e.g. humanities, social sciences, psychological, clinical and/or neurobiological disciplines)
• Research translation (has important implications for clinical practice)
• New empirical data
• Involvement of individuals with lived experience and early career researchers (ECRs)

The number of working groups for Durham is limited to 10. However, the number of contributors within a group does not have a limit.

For all other queries, please visit the ‘website; or contact


Timeline for 2019 ICHR Meeting Durham is;

o November 2018 – Call for proposals.
o 31 January 2019 – Deadline for proposals
o 28 February 2019 – Announcement about which proposals have been selected to be presented in Durham
o January-September 2019 – Work amongst groups, with 3 monthly feedback to the steering group about progress
o September 2019 – Working group presentation and discussions in Durham. Discussion regarding suitability for publication.
o February 2018 – Final manuscripts due

Working groups reports

In Press (to be published January 2019)

Hallucinations research: Into the future and beyond. Jardri, Waters, Laroi

Hallucinations in children and adolescents: current knowledge and future directions (Maijer K, Fernyhough C, Calkins M, Debbane M, Jardri R, Kelleher I, Rammou A, Scott J, Shin A, Steenhuis L, Wolf D, Bartels-Velthuis A)

Beyond trauma : a multiple pathways approach to auditory hallucinations (Luhrmann T, Alderson-D, Bell V, Bless J, Corlett P, Hugdahl K, Jones N, Laroi F, Moseley P, Padmayati R, Peters E, Powers A, Waters F)

Potential applications of digital technology in assessment, treatment and self-help for hallucinations (Thomas N, Bless J, Alderson-Day, Bell I, Cella M, Craig T, Delespaul P, Hugdahl K, Laloyaux J, Laroi F, Lincoln T, Schlier B, Urwyler P, van den Berg D, Jardri R)

Cross-national prevalence and transcultural invariance of hallucination like-experiences: The E-CLECTIC study (Siddi S, Ochoa S, Laroi F, Cella M, Raballo A, Saldivia S, Quijada Y, Laloyaux J, Barbosa R, Lincoln T, Schlier B, Ntouros E, Bozikas V, Gaweda L, Machado S, Nardi A, Deshpande S, Haro J, Preti A)

From computation to the first-person: auditory-verbal hallucinations and delusions of thought interference in schizophrenia-spectrum psychoses (Humpston C, Adams R, Benrimoh D, Broome M, Corlett P, Gerrans P, Horga G, Parr T, Pienkos E, Powers A, Raballo A, Rosen C, Linden D)

Hallucinations beyond voices : a conceptual review of the phenomenology of altered perception in psychosis (Pienkos E, Giersch A, Hansen M, Humpston C, McCarthy-Jones S, Mishara A, Nelson B, Park S, Raballo A, Sharma R, Thomas N, Rosen C)

The Questionnaire for Psychotic (Rossell S, Schutte M, Toh W, Thomas N, Strauss C, Linszen M, van Dellen E, Slotema C, Sommer I)

Published Papers

Thomas, N., Rossell, S. L., & Waters, F. (2016). The changing face of hallucination research: the International Consortium on Hallucination Research (ICHR) 2015 meeting report. Schizophrenia bulletin, 42.4 (2015): 891-895
2016 Introduction Advancing Our Understanding of Hallucinations

Alderson-Day, B., Diederen, K., Fernyhough, C., Ford, J. M., Horga, G., Margulies, D. S., McCarthy-Jones, S., Northoff, G., Shine, J.M., Turner, J. and van de Ven, V . (2016). Auditory Hallucinations and the Brain’s Resting-State Networks: Findings and Methodological Observations. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 42(5), pp.1110-1123.
2016 Hallucinations and the Brain’s Resting State Networks

Jardri, R., Hugdahl, K., Hughes, M., Brunelin, J., Waters, F., Alderson-Day, B., Smailes, D., Sterzer, P., Corlett, P.R., Leptourgos, P. and Debbané, M., 2016.  Are hallucinations due to an imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory influences on the brain?. Schizophrenia bulletin, 42(5), pp.1124-1134.
2016 Are Hallucinations due to Imbalance of Excitatory and Inhibitory influences

Waters, F., Blom, J. D., Dang-Vu, T. T., Cheyne, A. J., Alderson-Day, B., Woodruff, P., & Collerton, D. (2016). What is the Link Between Hallucinations, Dreams, and Hypnagogic–Hypnopompic Experiences?. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 42(5), 1098-1109.
2016 Link between Hallucinations Sleep Dreams Hypnagogic Hypnapompic

Waters, F., Woods, A. and Fernyhough, C., 2014. Report on the 2nd international consortium on hallucination research: evolving directions and top-10 “hot spots” in hallucination research. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(1), pp.24-27.
2014 Top 10 Hot Spots in Hallucination Research

Larøi, F., Luhrmann, T.M., Bell, V., Christian Jr, W.A., Deshpande, S., Fernyhough, C., Jenkins, J. and Woods, A., 2014. Culture and hallucinations: overview and future directions. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S213-S220.
2014 Culture and Hallucinations

Thomas, N., Hayward, M., Peters, E., van der Gaag, M., Bentall, R.P., Jenner, J., Strauss, C., Sommer, I.E., Johns, L.C., Varese, F. and García-Montes, J.M., 2014. Psychological therapies for auditory hallucinations (voices): current status and key directions for future research. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S202-S212
2014 Psychological therapies for auditory hallucinations

Jardri, R., Bartels-Velthuis, A.A., Debbané, M., Jenner, J.A., Kelleher, I., Dauvilliers, Y., Plazzi, G., Demeulemeester, M., David, C.N., Rapoport, J. and Dobbelaere, D., 2014. From phenomenology to neurophysiological understanding of hallucinations in children and adolescents. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S221-S232
2014 Children and Adolescents From Phenomenology to Neurophysiology

Corstens, D., Longden, E., McCarthy-Jones, S., Waddingham, R. and Thomas, N., 2014. Emerging perspectives from the Hearing Voices Movement: implications for research and practice. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S285-S294.
2014 Hearing Voices Movement Emerging Perspectives

Johns, L.C., Kompus, K., Connell, M., Humpston, C., Lincoln, T.M., Longden, E., Preti, A., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J.C., Cella, M. and Fernyhough, C., 2014. Auditory verbal hallucinations in persons with and without a need for care. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S255-S264
2014 Hallucinations in Persons With and Without the Need for Care

Woodward, T.S., Jung, K., Hwang, H., Yin, J., Taylor, L., Menon, M., Peters, E., Kuipers, E., Waters, F., Lecomte, T. and Sommer, I.E., 2014. Symptom dimensions of the psychotic symptom rating scales in psychosis: a multisite study. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S265-S274.
2014 PSYRATS Symptom Dimensions

McCarthy-Jones, S., Thomas, N., Strauss, C., Dodgson, G., Jones, N., Woods, A., Brewin, C.R., Hayward, M., Stephane, M., Barton, J. and Kingdon, D., 2014. Better than mermaids and stray dogs? Subtyping auditory verbal hallucinations and its implications for research and practice. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S275-S284.
2014 Subtyping AVH and Implications for Research

Ford, J.M., Morris, S.E., Hoffman, R.E., Sommer, I., Waters, F., McCarthy-Jones, S., Thoma, R.J., Turner, J.A., Keedy, S.K., Badcock, J.C. and Cuthbert, B.N., 2014. Studying hallucinations within the NIMH RDoC framework. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S295-S304.
2014 Studying Hallucinations within NIMH RDoC Framwork

Waters, F., Collerton, D., Ffytche, D.H., Jardri, R., Pins, D., Dudley, R., Blom, J.D., Mosimann, U.P., Eperjesi, F., Ford, S. and Larøi, F., 2014. Visual hallucinations in the psychosis spectrum and comparative information from neurodegenerative disorders and eye disease. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S233-S245.
2014 Visual Hallucinations Psychosis Neurodegenerative Disorders Eye Disease

 Woods, A., Jones, N., Bernini, M., Callard, F., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J.C., Bell, V., Cook, C.C., Csordas, T., Humpston, C. and Krueger, J., 2014. Interdisciplinary approaches to the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S246-S254.
2014 Interdisciplinary Approaches Phenomenology AVH

Ffytche, D.H. and Wible, C.G., 2014. From tones in tinnitus to sensed social interaction in schizophrenia: how understanding cortical organization can inform the study of hallucinations and psychosis. Schizophrenia bulletin, 40(Suppl_4), pp.S305-S316.
2014 Understanding Cortical Organization from Tones to Sensed Social Interactions

Waters, F., Allen, P., Aleman, A., Fernyhough, C., Woodward, T.S., Badcock, J.C., Barkus, E., Johns, L., Varese, F., Menon, M. and Vercammen, A., 2012. Auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia and nonschizophrenia populations: a review and integrated model of cognitive mechanisms. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(4), pp.683-693.
2012 Cognitive mechanisms of hallucinations schizophrenia and nonschizophrenia

Ford, J.M., Dierks, T., Fisher, D.J., Herrmann, C.S., Hubl, D., Kindler, J., Koenig, T., Mathalon, D.H., Spencer, K.M., Strik, W. and van Lutterveld, R., 2012. Neurophysiological studies of auditory verbal hallucinations. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(4), pp.715-723.
2012 Neurophysiological Studies of Auditory Hallucinations

Larøi, F., Sommer, I.E., Blom, J.D., Fernyhough, C., Ffytche, D.H., Hugdahl, K., Johns, L.C., McCarthy-Jones, S., Preti, A., Raballo, A. and Slotema, C.W., 2012. The characteristic features of auditory verbal hallucinations in clinical and nonclinical groups: state-of-the-art overview and future directions. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(4), pp.724-733.
2012 Characteristics Features of AVH in Clinical and NonClinical Groups

Allen, P., Modinos, G., Hubl, D., Shields, G., Cachia, A., Jardri, R., Thomas, P., Woodward, T., Shotbolt, P., Plaze, M. and Hoffman, R., 2012. Neuroimaging auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia: from neuroanatomy to neurochemistry and beyond. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(4), pp.695-703.
2012 Neuroimaging auditory hallucinations

Sommer, I.E., Slotema, C.W., Daskalakis, Z.J., Derks, E.M., Blom, J.D. and van der Gaag, M., 2012. The treatment of hallucinations in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(4), pp.704-714.
2012 Treatment of Hallucinations in Schizophrenia

Waters, F., Aleman, A., Fernyhough, C. and Allen, P., 2012. Report on the inaugural meeting of the International Consortium on Hallucination Research: a clinical and research update and 16 consensus-set goals for future research. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(2), pp.258-262.
2012 Report Update and 16 Consensus Set Goals

Waters, F., 2012. Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia and nonschizophrenia populations: the International Consortium on Hallucination Research. Schizophrenia bulletin, 38(4), pp.693-694.