The experience of felt presence in a general population sample

Sanne G. Brederoo*, Ben Alderson-Day, Janna N. de Boer, Mascha M.J. Linszen, Iris E.C. Sommer

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Felt presence is a widely occurring experience, but remains under-recognised in clinical and research practice. To contribute to a wider recognition of the phenomenon, we aimed to assess the presentation of felt presence in a large population sample (n = 10 447) and explore its relation to key risk factors for psychosis. In our sample 1.6% reported experiencing felt presence in the past month. Felt presence was associated with visual and tactile hallucinations and delusion-like thinking; it was also associated with past occurrence of adverse events, loneliness and poor sleep. The occurrence of felt presence may function as a marker for general hallucination proneness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-121
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12-Apr-2024


  • Felt presence
  • general population
  • hallucinations
  • psychosis
  • risk factors

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