Confabulation, delusion, and anosognosia: Motivational factors and false claims

Ryan McKay*, Marcel Kinsbourne

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    False claims are a key feature of confabulation, delusion, and anosognosia. In this paper we consider the role of motivational factors in such claims. We review motivational accounts of each symptom and consider the evidence adduced in support of these accounts. In our view the evidence is strongly suggestive of a role for motivational factors in each domain. Before concluding, we widen the focus by outlining a tentative general taxonomy of false claims, including false claims that occur in clinical settings as well as more garden-variety false claims, and incorporating both motivational and nonmotivational approaches to explaining such claims.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)288-318
    Number of pages31
    JournalCognitive Neuropsychiatry
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


    • Anosognosia
    • Confabulation
    • Delusion
    • Motivational processes


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