Expecting to hallucinate: shedding light on why we hear what’s not there

Did you just hear someone just call your name or did you hear your phone beep at you only to find no notification or message? These are common hallucinatory experiences and understanding these further may learn more about how severe hallucinations work. These strange experiences are not necessarily a sign of psychopathology, but they are…

How can escaping into virtual reality improve healthcare?

You slowly creep towards the door while being acutely aware that the slightest sound will get you caught. As you reach for the handle and steadily open the large wooden door you hear a slight creak. Suddenly, the expansive and exposed wall to your right explodes in a flurry of shrapnel, wallpaper and dust. A…

BBC’s ‘In the Mind’ Series

I haven’t written anything in a little while but hopefully that should be fixed over the next week (workload depending). Anyway, this brief post is a slight departure from the normal foray in sleep and everything related to it. I wanted to bring people’s attention to the series of mental health documentaries, short films and portrayals…

What Causes Sleepwalking?

  “Jack… Jack? Jack…!” A flash of lights and the whizz of cars speeding past suddenly assault my senses. In the background, I’m dimly aware of my name being called. In a few more seconds I have woken more fully and, as if suddenly coming up from underwater, I hear the shouts and then realise…