Tanya Luhrmann, PhD, Howard and Jessie Watkins University Professor of Anthropology, Professor, Psychology (by courtesy), Department of Anthropology, Stanford University Website | Publications | Abstract & Bio | @tanyaluhrmann
Abstract: The standard view in psychiatric science is that the distressing voices of schizophrenia are the sequelae of the disease. This paper presents evidence that the symptoms may vary in different cultural contexts, and suggests that different local theories of mind may explain these differences. Cultural variation can be shown to affect phenomena that many might treat as culture-free.
Bio: Tanya Marie Luhrmann is the Watkins University Professor in the Stanford Anthropology Department. Her books include Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft (Harvard, 1989); The Good Parsi (Harvard 1996); Of Two Minds (Knopf, 2000), and When God Talks Back (Knopf, 2012). In general, her work focuses on the way that ideas about the mind affect mental experience. In recent years, she has worked on the way healthy people hear God’s voice, and the way that people with psychosis hear distressing voices – the positive and negative sides of the inner voice experience.