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dc.contributor.authorBarnier, Amanda
dc.contributor.authorCox, Rochelle
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Akira Robert
dc.contributor.authorColtheart, Max
dc.contributor.authorLangdon, Robyn
dc.contributor.authorBreen, Nora
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Martha
dc.identifier.citationBarnier , A , Cox , R , O'Connor , A R , Coltheart , M , Langdon , R , Breen , N & Turner , M 2008 , ' Developing hypnotic analogues of clinical delusions : Mirrored-self misidentification ' , Cognitive Neuropsychiatry , vol. 13 , no. 5 , pp. 406-430 .
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-7943-5183/work/34028981
dc.description.abstractIntroduction. Despite current research interest in delusional beliefs, there are no viable models for studying delusions in the laboratory. However, hypnosis offers a technique for creating transient delusions that are resistant to challenge. The aim of this study was to develop an hypnotic analogue of one important delusion, mirrored-self misidentification. Methods. Twelve high hypnotisable participants received an hypnotic suggestion to see either a stranger in the mirror, a mirror as a window, or a mirror as a window with a view to a stranger. Participants' deluded beliefs were challenged, and following hypnosis, Sheehan and McConkey's (1982) Experiential Analysis Technique was used to explore participants' phenomenological experience of the delusion. Results. The majority of participants did not recognise their reflection in the mirror, described the person in the mirror as having different physical characteristics to themselves, and maintained their delusion when challenged. Conclusions. The hypnotic suggestion created a credible, compelling delusion with features strikingly similar to clinical cases of mirrored-self misidentification. Our findings suggest that Factor 2 within Langdon and Coltheart's (2000) two-factor framework may involve a lowering of the criteria used to accept or reject delusional hypotheses.
dc.relation.ispartofCognitive Neuropsychiatryen
dc.subjectCognitive Neuropsychologyen
dc.subjectMirrored Self-Identificationen
dc.subjectHypnotic Analoguesen
dc.subjectRC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatryen
dc.titleDeveloping hypnotic analogues of clinical delusions : Mirrored-self misidentificationen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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