Ana Patrícia Pinheiro

Universidade de Lisboa – Harvard University, Medical School

March 2019 (5 months) – Psychology

Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) are a cardinal symptom of schizophrenia, but are also present in 6-13% of individuals in the general population. Despite numerous attempts to explain the neurofunctional mechanisms of AVH, they remain a notoriously unexplained symptom. That is why, Professor Ana Patrícia Pinheiro, will examine the neural mechanisms underlying abnormal voice processing in AVH. To probe the psychosis continuum model, it will compare patterns of brain activity/connectivity in individuals with high hallucination predisposition and psychotic patients with AVH. Clarifying which neurofunctional abnormalities underlie AVH is expected to open the way for the identification of biomarkers that predict psychosis.