Towards an understanding of delusions of misidentification: Four case studies

Nora Breen, Diana Caine, Max Coltheart, Julie Hendy, Corrine Roberts

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Four detailed cases ot delusions of misidentification (DM) are presented: two cases of misidentification of the reflected self, one of reverse intermetamorphosis, and one of reduplicative paramnesia. The cases are discussed in the context of three levels of interpretation: neurological, cognitive and phenomenological. The findings are compared to previous work with DM patients, particularly the work of Ellis and Young (1990; Young, 1998) who found that loss of the normal affective response to familiar faces was a contributing factor in the Capgras delusion. The four cases presented suggest that this particular deficit is not a critical factor in the development of other forms of DM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-110
Number of pages37
JournalMind and Language
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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