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September 2021

Towards an understanding of delusions of misidentification: Four case studies

Author(s): Caine, D., Coltheart, M., Hendy, J., Roberts, C.

Journal/Book: Mind Lang. 2000; 15: 108 Cowley Rd, Oxford Ox4 1Jf, Oxon, England. Blackwell Publ Ltd. 74-110.

Abstract: Four detailed cases of delusions of misidentification (DM) are presented: two cases of misidentification of the reflected self one of reverse intermeramorphosis. 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 chat this particular deficit is not a critical factor in the development of other forms of DM.

Note: Article Breen N, Macquarie Univ, Macquarie Ctr Cognit Sci, N Ryde, NSW 2109, AUSTRALIA

Keyword(s): CAPGRAS-SYNDROME; PATIENT; INJURY; FACES


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