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Int J Psychophysiol. 2007 Feb;63(2):146-51. Epub 2006 Jun 21.

Delusions: A suitable case for imaging?

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School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, UK.


This review is intended to outline the need/opportunities for imaging research in the area of delusions. In particular, delusions of misidentification are offered as possible examples of how both spatial and temporal brain imaging may throw light upon the theoretical, parallel processes of identification and emotional arousal occurring when a familiar face is encountered. Other types of Delusional Misidentifications are also briefly explored. The review then turns to related phenomena, including the ways imaging may help elucidate different types of covert face recognition; and also further explain the distinctive (but not entirely independent) processes underlying face, voice and object recognition. Throughout the review the aim is to emphasise the potential value to cognitive neuropsychiatry of good imaging techniques.

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