Delusions: Investigations Into the Psychology of Delusional Reasoning

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Oxford University Press, 1994 - Psychology - 171 pages
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Delusions are a key symptom of psychosis and yet there is no single book which considers delusion from a psychological perspective. In part this is because the syndrome of schizophrenia has captured the attention of many workers, and in part because delusions, as private mental phenomena, are not well suited to purely behavioural or observational methods of enquiry. For the past two decades, however, cognitive psychology has been in its ascendancy and delusions, as beliefs, are particularly amenable to investigation applying cognitive concepts and methods. Within this framework, it is possible to consider continuities to identify differences. This book, therefore, uniquely presents a psychological model of delusions, employing the neglected strategy of single symptom research tools of cognitive psychology.

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Reasoning rationality and delusions
Studies of reasoning in people with psychosis
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University of London

Institute of Psychiatry, London

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