Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)

Events - Upcoming SPRiG Seminars

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Wednesday 27th October 4.00-5.00pm 

Dr Peter Mosley, Senior Research Fellow, University of Northumbria

"Cognitive models of voice hearing, from the psychopathological to the everyday" 

Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH), or hearing voices, are commonly associated with psychosis, but also occur in the general population, in individuals with no mental health problems. Cognitive models of voice hearing have invoked biases in source monitoring, atypical top-down processing, and impairments in attention or inhibition. However, relatively few studies have tested these mechanistic accounts in the same study, across clinical and non-clinical populations, and there is also a lack of replication in voice-hearing research, hindering efforts to build cumulative knowledge. In this talk, I will discuss the huge variety in kinds of voice-hearing experiences, from psychotic voices to spiritual experiences, and describe a series of studies investigating these cognitive models of voice-hearing, drawing on data gathered regarding voice-hearing in psychosis patients, non-clinical voice-hearers, and the general population. I will then discuss if and how we can try to understand the underlying cognitive mechanisms of voices, given the heterogeneity of the experience, and discuss future directions for voice hearing research. 

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Wednesday 24th November 4.00-5.00pm

Dr Emma Cernis, Research Clinical Psychologist, University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

“Demystifying Dissociation and Depersonalisation”

Dissociation is rapidly gaining recognition as an important phenomenon with links to risk for self-harm and suicidality, but it can be challenging to identify and treat. Evidence suggests that dissociative experiences may be highly prevalent in people with psychosis, and that dissociation may even drive key psychotic symptoms such as paranoia and auditory hallucinations. Yet, decades of debate and confusion have left researchers and clinicians with mixed opinions and scarce information about depersonalisation, derealisation, and other dissociative experiences

In this presentation, Dr Emma Černis (Research Clinical Psychologist, University of Oxford & Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust) will outline some of her recent research into dissociation in the context of psychosis: including how it can be recognised, conceptualised, and measured, and common psychological factors underpinning the problem.

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Wednesday 15th December 4.00-6.00pm

🎄The SPRiG Festive Showcase 🎄

Our researchers present an annual overview of psychosis research projects in Sussex

Wednesday 26th January 4.00-5.00pm 

Dominic Oliver, PhD Student, Kings College London

"Predicting Psychosis: The transdiagnostic risk calculator"

Wednesday 23rd February 4.00-5.00pm 

Speaker tbc, Kings College London

“Findings from the SlowMo Trial – A psychological therapy for people who fear harm from others” 

Wednesday 30th March 4.00-5.00pm 

Dr Mark Hayward, Director of Research, Sussex Partnership Trust

"Research update from the Sussex Voices Clinic"