Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Are you one of the 80% of people who hears an inner voice when reading?

ThinkstockPhotos-100941553.jpg

As you are reading this article, do you hear an inner voice speaking the words to you?

If so, you are part of a group of 80% of people who have reported hearing an inner voice as they read quietly to themselves.

books

A new study by Professor Ruvanee Vilhauer, from New York University’s Department of Psychology, examined 160 answers from a survey about reading and found an overwhelming number of participants had an "inner reading voice".

The voice ranged from their own voice to that of family members, friends or even characters, and the likelihood of hearing the voice was dependent upon circumstances such as how much they were enjoying the book.

The survey found that 13% of people only heard the voice "sometimes" while 11% of people surveyed claimed they had never heard an inner voice while reading.

Some people in the study even reported hearing a voice that was "uncontrollable" to them.

books

The study is one of the first to properly investigate the phenomenon of hearing an inner voice. BPS Research Digest reports that the psychologist believes this may be because people have assumed it is completely normal.

So next time you find yourself inwardly voicing the characters from Bridget Jones, Pride and Prejudice or War and Peace, rest assured you're not alone.

Related

Libreria SCA 8287 - credit Iwan Baan.jpg

Look inside London’s new technology-free literary haven

rexfeatures_5006986m.jpg

Why Emma Watson is taking a year-long break from acting

dream.jpg

The real meanings behind our surreal but common dreams

rexfeatures_570821ap.jpg

A beginner's guide to YouTube beauty tutorials

birthday.jpg

Do you know your 'birth word'?

bridget-jones-diary-ftr.jpg

The best quotes from Bridget Jones to guide us through modern life

12496206_10153853577382482_4199002383163453319_o.jpg

J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter book coming out this summer

57486369.jpg

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, dies aged 89

RomeoandJuliet.jpg

Love in books: put your romantic fiction knowledge to the test

More

St. Vincent is giving this iconic novel a feminist film makeover

The musician is giving an Oscar Wilde project a major twist

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

Erm, so that Hunger Games theme park is actually happening

And we volunteer as tribute

by Susan Devaney
17 Aug 2017

Scientists reveal why we really love the smell of old books

The groaning book towers taking over the flat are definitely not our fault

by Amy Swales
14 Aug 2017

The life lessons we learned reading Jacqueline Wilson books

Because yes, they're still incredibly relevant to us as adults

by Megan Murray
11 Aug 2017

Step into your favourite book at one of these UK literary locations

If you're a book worm with a penchant for weekend breaks, steady yourself

by Megan Murray
10 Aug 2017

Pride and Prejudice is getting a dark, sexy and twisted TV makeover

And, yes, this TV adaptation is in excellent hands…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Aug 2017

The 20 books that everyone’s obsessing over this summer

They’ve been selling out on Amazon all summer long

by Moya Crockett
07 Aug 2017

JK Rowling’s heartfelt tribute to Harry Potter’s Robert Hardy

Farewell, Cornelius Fudge

by Sarah Biddlecombe
04 Aug 2017

A Sweet Valley High film is coming and it’s in excellent hands

Your childhood self is pleading with mum for a ticket right about now

by Amy Swales
31 Jul 2017

10 blistering summer reads you need to read this August

Say hello to this summer’s best beach books

by Sarah Shaffi
28 Jul 2017