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Persecutory delusions and the conditioned avoidance paradigm: towards an integration of the psychology and biology of paranoia.

Moutoussis, M; Williams, J; Dayan, P; Bentall, RP; (2007) Persecutory delusions and the conditioned avoidance paradigm: towards an integration of the psychology and biology of paranoia. Cogn Neuropsychiatry , 12 (6) 495 - 510. 10.1080/13546800701566686.

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Abstract

Theories of delusions often underplay the role of their content. With respect to persecutory delusions, taking threat as fundamental suggests that models of threat-related, aversive learning, such as the Conditioned Avoidance Response (CAR) task, might offer valid insights into the underlying normal and abnormal processes. In this study, we reappraise the psychological significance of the CAR model of antipsychotic drug action; and we relate this to contemporary psychological theories of paranoia.

Type:Article
Title:Persecutory delusions and the conditioned avoidance paradigm: towards an integration of the psychology and biology of paranoia.
Location:England
DOI:10.1080/13546800701566686
Language:English
Keywords:Avoidance Learning, Conditioning, Classical, Culture, Defense Mechanisms, Delusions, Humans, Mental Recall, Paranoid Disorders, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Schizophrenia, Paranoid, Self Concept, Thinking
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit

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