Delusion and Self-Deception: Affective and Motivational Influences on Belief Formation
Tim Bayne, Jordi Fernández
Psychology Press, Oct 18, 2010 - Psychology - 310 pages
This collection of essays focuses on the interface between delusions and self-deception. As pathologies of belief, delusions and self-deception raise many of the same challenges for those seeking to understand them. Are delusions and self-deception entirely distinct phenomena, or might some forms of self-deception also qualify as delusional? To what extent might models of self-deception and delusion share common factors? In what ways do affect and motivation enter into normal belief-formation, and how might they be implicated in self-deception and delusion? The essays in this volume tackle these questions from both empirical and conceptual perspectives. Some contributors focus on the general question of how to locate self-deception and delusion within our taxonomy of psychological states. Some contributors ask whether particular delusions - such as the Capgras delusion or anosognosia for hemiplegia - might be explained by appeal to motivational and affective factors. And some contributors provide general models of motivated reasoning, against which theories of pathological belief-formation might be measured.
The volume will be of interest to cognitive scientists, clinicians, and philosophers interested in the nature of belief and the disturbances to which it is subject.
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A QuantityofProcessing View
SelfDeception and Delusions
Martin Davies 71
Spezio and Ralph Adolphs 87
Elisabeth Pacherie 107
Monothematic Delusions and Existential Feelings
Delusions and SelfDeception
Cognitive and Motivational Factors in Anosognosia
SelfDeception Without Thought Experiments
A Mirror Image of Anosognosia?
Imagination Delusion and SelfDeception
Author Index 281