Plenary 3  (PL3)

8:30 am -10:40 am 

Language and Our Inner Voice

Charles Fernyhough, Durham University      

Riny Huijbregts, Utrecht University   

Andrea Moro, IUSS School for Advanced Studies  


Charles Fernyhough, PhD

Research psychologist and writer of fiction and non-fiction

Department of Psychology, Durham University



Professor, Department of Psychology, Durham University

Member, Centre for Developmental Psychology

Fellow, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Lead, Hearing the Voice, A Wellcome Trust project

Books:  The Voices Within; A Box of Birds; Pieces of Light; A Baby in the Mirror; The Auctioneer


Charles Fernyhough is a psychologist and writer. The focus of his recent scientific work has been in applying ideas from mainstream developmental psychology to the study of psychosis, particularly the phenomenon of voice-hearing (in which individuals hear voices in the absence of any speaker). He is PI on the interdisciplinary Hearing the Voice project, supported by the Wellcome Trust. He is a Professor of Psychology at Durham University, UK, and is active in outreach and public engagement work on themes relating to his research, with regular contributions to mainstream media. His latest non-fiction book is The Voices Within: The history and science of how we talk to ourselves, published by Basic Books. His other non-fiction books include A Thousand Days of Wonder: A scientist’s chronicle of his daughter’s developing mind (Penguin, 2009) and Pieces of Light: How the new science of memory illuminates the stories we tell about our pasts (Harper, 2013; shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books). He is the author of two novels: The Auctioneer (Fourth Estate, 1999) and A Box of Birds (Unbound, 2013).


Photo credit: Ben Gilbert/Wellcome Images