Anosognosia and the two-factor theory of delusions

Martin Davies*, Anne Aimola Davies, Max Coltheart

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    Anosognosia (denial of impairment), and especially anosognosia for hemiplegia, seems to involve a belief that counts as a delusion by the usual definitions. Existing theories of anosognosia for hemiplegia appeal to impaired feedback from the paralysed side of the body and to cognitive impairments. We show how cases of anosognosia for hemiplegia can be brought within the scope of a generic two-factor theory about the aetiology of monothematic delusions of neuropsychological origin.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-236
    Number of pages28
    JournalMind and Language
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


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