Hallucinations: The Science of Idiosyncratic Perception

Hallucinations: The Science of Idiosyncratic Perception

by Andre Aleman, Frank Laroi
     
 

ISBN-10: 1433803119

ISBN-13: 9781433803116

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Hearing voices when nobody speaks or seeing objects no one else sees hallucinations are intriguing phenomena that have puzzled clinicians, researchers, and lay people alike for centuries. In this book, authors Andr Aleman and Frank Laroi review the latest research on the cognitive and neural bases of hallucinations and outline their unique neurobiology by drawing

Overview

Hearing voices when nobody speaks or seeing objects no one else sees hallucinations are intriguing phenomena that have puzzled clinicians, researchers, and lay people alike for centuries. In this book, authors Andr Aleman and Frank Laroi review the latest research on the cognitive and neural bases of hallucinations and outline their unique neurobiology by drawing on evidence from brain imaging and neurotransmission studies. Detailed attention is paid to hallucination characteristics in different forms of psychosis as well as other clinical groups and conditions, such as brain damage, Charles Bonnet syndrome, dementia, and chemical substance abuse. The authors integrate the wealth of recent findings into a cohesive framework and put forward a comprehensive, multicomponent model of hallucinations. Finally, treatment of hallucinations is discussed, ranging from pharmacotherapy and cognitive therapy to transcranial magnetic stimulation. A comprehensive list of available hallucination questionnaires and scales is also included as a handy clinical assessment resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433803116
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     3
Definition and Conceptual Issues     9
The Phenomenology of Hallucinations     25
Groups of Hallucinators     47
Cognitive-Perceptual Processes: Bottom-Up and Top-Down     91
Metacognitive Processes: Reality Monitoring and Metacognitive Beliefs     109
Hallucinations and the Brain     147
Toward a Comprehensive Model     171
Treatment of Hallucinations     183
Assessment Instruments for Hallucinations     219
References     235
Author Index     285
Subject Index     299
About the Authors     317

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