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Perception, cognition, and delusion

  • Robert M. Ross (a1) (a2), Ryan McKay (a1) (a2), Max Coltheart (a2) and Robyn Langdon (a2)


Firestone & Scholl's (F&S) critique of putative empirical evidence for the cognitive penetrability of perception focuses on studies of neurologically normal populations. We suggest that a comprehensive exploration of the cognition–perception relationship also incorporate work on abnormal perception and cognition. We highlight the prominence of these issues in contemporary debates about the formation and maintenance of delusions.



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  • Robert M. Ross (a1) (a2), Ryan McKay (a1) (a2), Max Coltheart (a2) and Robyn Langdon (a2)


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