© 2012


Research and Practice

  • Jan Dirk Blom
  • Iris E.C. Sommer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Conceptual Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Iris E. C. Sommer, Jan Dirk Blom
      Pages 1-4
  3. Conceptual Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Donald D. Hoffman
      Pages 7-15
    3. Ralf-Peter Behrendt
      Pages 17-31
    4. Rutger Goekoop, Jasper Looijestijn
      Pages 33-54
    5. German E. Berrios, Ivana S. Marková
      Pages 55-71
  4. Hallucinatory Phenomena

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Daniel Collerton, Rob Dudley, Urs Peter Mosimann
      Pages 75-90
    3. Devin Blair Terhune, Roi Cohen Kadosh
      Pages 91-104
    4. Steven Scholtus, Christine Blanke
      Pages 105-108
    5. Kelly M. J. Diederen, Iris E. C. Sommer
      Pages 109-124
    6. Christina W. Slotema, David G. Kingdon
      Pages 125-132
    7. Oliver W. Sacks, Jan Dirk Blom
      Pages 133-142
    8. Richard J. Stevenson, Robyn Langdon
      Pages 143-155
    9. Jan Dirk Blom, Iris E. C. Sommer
      Pages 157-169
    10. Sergio Canavero
      Pages 171-186
    11. Anna Sforza, Olaf Blanke
      Pages 187-201

About this book


Hallucinations continue to fascinate people throughout the world. The mere possibility of perceiving things that are not there is the stuff that campfire tales are made of. It is one thing to be in a dream state, to be asleep and to conjure up people, scenes, and landscapes that do not actually exist, but it is quite another to hallucinate: to be wide awake, and yet hear that ethereal music, see those costumed figures strolling by, smell the roses that used to grow in your grandfather’s garden, feel his hand upon your shoulder, sense his presence somewhere near -- and to be the only one able to experience it.

In this book, 44 international neuroscientific experts join forces to present a state-of-the-art overview of hallucinatory phenomena, ranging from visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, and bodily hallucinations to less well-known phenomena such as synaesthesias, musical hallucinations, hallucinated pain, autoscopic phenomena, phantom sensations, sensed presences, and compound hallucinations attributed to djinns. Additional sections deal with the conceptual, phenomenological, and neuroscientific aspects of those phenomena, and offer an update on contemporary treatment possibilities ranging from pharmacotherapy to electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and self-help groups.

This book is essential reading for neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, general physicians, psychologists, historians of science, and philosophers professionally involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and scientific study of hallucinations.

Jan Dirk Blom, M.D., Ph.D., is the Director of the Psychiatric Residency Training Programme of the Parnassia Bavo Group in The Hague, and holds a position as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Groningen.

Iris E.C. Sommer, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center Utrecht and the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Dirk Blom
    • 1
  • Iris E.C. Sommer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GroningenParnassia Bavo GroupThe HagueNetherlands
  2. 2., Rudolf Magnus Institute of NeuroscienceUniversity Medical Centre UtrechtUtrechtNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Hallucinations
  • Book Subtitle Research and Practice
  • Editors Jan Dirk Blom
    Iris E.C. Sommer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-0958-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-8957-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-0959-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 426
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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From the reviews:

“It covers a wide range of recent studies on various forms of hallucination and would be suitable for mental health professionals from both medical and nonmedical backgrounds. … Hallucinations: Research and Practice is an excellent reference book for students and mental health professionals … who are interested in the latest studies in the phenomenon of hallucinations. It covers a wide range of topics that may satisfy the needs and curiosities of practicing clinicians, researchers, instructors, and graduate students in related fields.” (Alex C. N. Leung, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58 (15), April, 2013)

“This superb book summarizes the current research findings and their implications for understanding hallucinations. … this exceptional book is a welcome addition to psychiatry. … The intended audience includes anyone interested in hallucinations … . Graduate students involved in research in this area would benefit from this timely and comprehensive review. … All mental health professions who are involved in the care of individuals with severe mental illness should read this important book.” (Michael Joel Schrift, Doody’s Review Service, May, 2011)