Simon Jakes

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Two new questionnaires were devised to investigate dimensions of complaint about tinnitus. Following a factor analysis of data provided by a sample of tinnitus patients who were administered the first questionnaire, the second questionnaire was developed. This included questions concerning coping attitudes and beliefs about tinnitus. The results of the two(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested that cognitive therapy is effective in modifying delusions. AIMS To assess the effectiveness of cognitive therapy on patients seen in routine clinical work. METHOD Eighteen patients with chronic delusions were treated using cognitive therapy, after the method of Chadwick and Lowe. A single-case(More)
Two separate factor analyses were conducted on various self-rated complaints about tinnitus and related neuro-otological symptoms, together with audiometric measurements of tinnitus 'intensity' (masking level and loudness matching levels). Two general tinnitus complaint factors were identified, i.e. 'intrusiveness of tinnitus' and 'distress due to(More)
This article investigates the possible role of metaphorical thinking in psychotic delusions. Twenty-five participants with delusions were asked to give an account of how their ideas had formed and to describe recent experiences relevant to their delusional beliefs. The data suggest that for some participants there may have been a crucial period when the(More)
OBJECTIVES This pilot study describes a qualitative method for exploring delusions in terms of motivational themes. DESIGN A semi-structured interview schedule was developed on the basis of an elementary conceptual frame specifying research questions. The analysis of each case uses a structured format. Triangulation was used to check: (i) reliability of(More)
A consecutive series of 62 patients who reported tinnitus at the time of their first attendance at a neuro-otology clinic were studied. Loudness matches were obtained both at the frequency of the tinnitus and at 1 kHz. These matches were expressed in dB HL, dB SL and in units derived from individualised loudness functions (personal loudness units; PLUs).(More)
The present report is of the relationships between personality measures, hallucinatory experiences, and hypnogogic/hypnopompic imagery in the normal population. 'Psychoticism' was significantly related to reports of hallucinatory experiences, and a measure of hallucinatory predisposition was significantly associated with strong hypnogogic/hypnopompic(More)
Questions are raised about the technical and psychological interpretation of loudness match measures in the assessment of tinnitus "intensity". The effect of hearing threshold on loudness matches expressed in sensation level (SL) was investigated by selecting subjects with different degrees of hearing loss. The loudness match expressed in SL was found to be(More)
There are many descriptions in the research literature of the onset of delusions in psychosis: it is still not clear however whether there is one specific pathway to delusions or in fact several, and the role of social difficulties remains controversial. In this research we wished to explore the first person perspective of participants who had developed(More)