Working Together

'Collaborations Between Academics & Clinicians' by Hearing the Voice

Collaborations Between Academics & CliniciansA Project Short by Charles Fernyhough, Ben Alderson-Day, David Smailes and Guy Dodgson.

Abstract: ‘Given its focus on an aspect of human experience that is usually seen as a symptom of psychiatric disorder, Hearing the Voice presents distinctive opportunities for collaboration with mental health professionals. As part of our focus on applying research findings in ways that make a difference to individuals who hear voices, we have engaged with clinicians in many different contexts, including in our monthly psychosis special interest group, translational events we have run in collaboration with a partner NHS trust, planning research studies and clinical trials, training workshops and public engagement activities. In this Project Short, we focus on one particular aspect of our work that has involved close collaboration with mental health professionals. Beginning with an overview of the collaboration, we consider some of the challenges that faced us at the outset and then describe how we set about addressing them.’

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'The Experimental Design Hackathon' by Hearing the Voice

HackathonA Project Short by Charles Fernyhough.

Abstract: ‘One of the challenges facing interdisciplinary research projects is converting rich cross-disciplinary conversations into practically realisable plans for empirical research. Planning experimental and other empirical studies requires an awareness of methodological constraints that can be highly discipline-specific as well as terminologically opaque. Study design is a substantial aspect of regular scientific disciplinary training at undergraduate level, and interdisciplinary research needs to support individuals from outside a particular subject area in understanding what can and cannot be done in creating and running a research project in that field. At the same time, perspectives from other disciplines can help to identify research questions and pose questions that lie ‘outside the box’ for the target discipline, making the challenges of interdisciplinary research design well worth tackling.’

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'Interdisciplinary Authorship' by Hearing the Voice

Interdisciplinary AuthorshipA Project Short by Angela Woods.

Abstract: ‘How can people working on interdisciplinary projects balance the need to demonstrate excellence within their disciplines with the desire to show how and why an interdisciplinary approach to their particular research question is valuable? Comprised of a series of reflections, practical recommendations and case studies, this Project Short aims to illuminate the particular contexts in which interdisciplinary co-authorship is a rewarding if not essential undertaking…though one that is certainly not without its challenges.’

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'The Price of Agreement' by Britt Dahlberg, Robbie Duschinsky and Sophie Reijman

the_price_of_agreement_coverA Project Short by Britt Dahlberg, Robbie Duschinsky and Sophie Reijman

Abstract: ‘Reaching or operating on the basis of agreement in a research team can be satisfying, thrilling, reassuring – but what are the costs of agreement, especially when we shore it up too soon? We draw on our experiences and scholarship to reflect on the gains and losses that come with differences in negotiation space around research parameters, and the dynamics of considering agreement an object in itself. We argue for the importance of “0-degree agreement” in interdisciplinary work – the consensus to engage with unformed ideas in a joint uncertainty.’

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'Transferable Methodology' by Life of Breath

Transferable MethodologyA Project Short by Jane Macnaughton

Abstract: ‘One of the key research outcomes that we have been committed to in Hearing the Voice is that of generating a transferable methodology that can be applied to other areas of human experience. As a co-investigator in the project, this was my major focus. Before the project started I had begun to think about a possible programme of work that would investigate an experience that was more obviously of the body rather than of the mind. That experience is the everyday one of breathing and breathlessness. What I want to do in this short methodological overview is first reflect on how that new project emerged and took wings as I began to participate in the Hearing the Voice research group, Voice Club; and second, think about what differences and challenges the new project brings and how experience in Voice Club has helped us to anticipate and overcome them.’

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'Voice Club' by Hearing the Voice

Voice Club pdfA Project Short by Mary Robson, Angela Woods and Charles Fernyhough.

Abstract: ‘Bringing project researchers together for regular meetings can make or break an interdisciplinary team. How can you find common ground among academics from very different backgrounds? How can you set up the venue in order to ensure effective interactions? How can you make the most of the time you have? This Project Short invites you in to Voice Club, the fortnightly meeting of the researchers of Hearing the Voice, an interdisciplinary project on the phenomenon of voice-hearing.’

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