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Front Psychiatry. 2011 May 16;2:28. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2011.00028. eCollection 2011.

The neurophysiology of auditory hallucinations - a historical and contemporary review.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands.


Electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography are two techniques that distinguish themselves from other neuroimaging methodologies through their ability to directly measure brain-related activity and their high temporal resolution. A large body of research has applied these techniques to study auditory hallucinations. Across a variety of approaches, the left superior temporal cortex is consistently reported to be involved in this symptom. Moreover, there is increasing evidence that a failure in corollary discharge, i.e., a neural signal originating in frontal speech areas that indicates to sensory areas that forthcoming thought is self-generated, may underlie the experience of auditory hallucinations.


EEG; MEG; auditory hallucination; corollary discharge; psychosis; schizophrenia; superior temporal cortex

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