Explaining Schizophrenia: Auditory Verbal Hallucination and Self-Monitoring

Mind and Language 27 (1):86-107 (2012)
Do self-monitoring accounts, a dominant account of the positive symptoms, explain auditory verbal hallucination (AVH)? In this essay, I argue that the account fails to answer many crucial questions any explanation of AVH must address. Where the account provides a plausible answer, I make a case for an alternative explanation: AVH is not the result of a failed control mechanism, namely failed self-monitoring, but the persistent automaticity of auditory experience of a voice. The argument emphasizes the importance of careful examination of phenomenology as a constraint on causal models of the positive symptoms in schizophrenia.
Keywords Hallucination  Schizophrenia
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2011.01436.x
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