Pathological and non-pathological factors in delusional misbelief

Robyn Langdon*

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In their pursuit of adaptively biased misbelief-making systems, McKay & Dennett (M&D) describe a putative doxastic shear-pin system which enables misbeliefs to form in situations of extreme psychological stress. Rather than discussing their argument, I consider how this shear-pin system might combine with both pathological belief-making (culpable breakdowns caused by neuropathy) and normal belief-making to explain a spectrum of delusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-528
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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