Visual Hallucinations Under Investigation


University of Surrey A representative from the University of Surrey is doing a research study to explore people’s experiences of recurrent visual hallucinations.

Visual hallucinations can take the form of people, animals or objects that appear real when you are awake but are not visible to others.

What is involved?

Specifically the research is looking for people who are aged 18 or over and have experienced visions/visual hallucinations in the past six months and have had at least three episodes of visions/visual hallucinations. Setting this minimum time-frame helps us to measure comparable experiences of other people that have experienced visions/visual hallucinations.

If this is true to you, a series of short questionnaires would be asked in an online survey. This should take no longer than 25 minutes. The questionnaires will ask you about your experience of visions/visual hallucinations as well as other aspects of your life. Your responses will be used in a project looking at the experience of visions/visual hallucinations and the beliefs attached to these experiences. All responses are entirely anonymous.

 The research supports a better understanding of the experience of visual hallucinations and participation with the project will be acknowledged by any dissemination of the research and with a $50 donation to your organisation.

 This research has received a favourable ethical opinion from the University of Surrey Ethics Committee and is supported by Richmond Fellowship WA.

How to participate?

If you or someone you know has experienced this type of hallucinations at least twice in the last 6 month and are interested in fining out more, please click this link to the survey.

This project is being supervised by Dr Jo Billings and Dr Clara Strauss and has been approved by the University of Surrey ethics committee, protocol number: 864-PSY-13. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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