My blog on the Huffington Post

A blog I wrote on voice-hearing for the Huffington Post is one of their ‘Featured Blog Posts‘ in their Science section this morning, which is nice.


Taking back the brain: Trialling neurofeedback for voice-hearing

Hearing voices (also referred to as ‘auditory verbal hallucinations’) need not be associated with problems. However, for a number of people, they are. Problems are particularly likely to arise if the voices are frequent, say negative things, and if the person has no control over them.

Different people want differ ways to cope with their voices, as our research has previously found. For some, medication may be the solution. For others, approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy or the Hearing Voices Movement’s Maastricht Interview may provide answers and peace.

Another potential way of coping is neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback works by showing people their brain activity in real-time, and then training them to manipulate this. It allows you to control your own brain.

I have just received some funding from the US-based Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation to test whether EEG-based neurofeedback can help people distressed by voice-hearing. My thanks go to them and to their donors for making this research possible.

The trial will be done in collaboration with Dr Michael Keane at the Dublin-based neurofeedback clinic, Actualise.

Work will start towards the end of 2017, when I will be looking to recruit a post-doc to work on this trial with me.

Hopefully this approach will prove effective and give people who are distressed by their voices another therapeutic option to choose from.

More soon.


How to get YouTube videos to start and stop at a specific time

I was trying to insert a Youtube video into one of my blogs recently.

I didn’t want the whole video to play when someone clicked on it, but just a small portion that was relevant to the point I wanted to make.

There are on-line videos that tell you how to do this, but these didn’t work for me.

Here’s what worked for me.


  1. Go to your video on You-tube and click on the ‘share’ button (as shown below)


2. Click on the Embed option and copy the link that appears (in blue below)


3. Switch from the ‘visual’ view on WordPress to the ‘text’ view

4. Paste in the code from YouTube in the appropriate place, which may look something like this in the ‘text’ view:

5. Lets say you want the clip to start 72 seconds in, and to end 88 seconds in. To do this, add in the following text fragment     ?start=72&end=88      at the end of the YouTube video name (in this case its name is qkj5fAOyufQ). In this example, the revised text will now look as follows:



Now, when you switch back from the ‘Text’ view into the ‘Visual’ view in WordPress, you should see your video, and when you click on it, it should play for the time you wanted.

Here it would look like this:

Anyway, I hope this is some use and that this helps your blog posts!