An associationist model of the paranoid process: application of phase transitions in spreading activation networks.

@article{Vinogradov1992AnAM,
  title={An associationist model of the paranoid process: application of phase transitions in spreading activation networks.},
  author={Sophia Vinogradov and Ron J King and Bernardo A. Huberman},
  journal={Psychiatry},
  year={1992},
  volume={55 1},
  pages={79-94}
}
We propose an associationist model of the paranoid process in which the initial paranoid state is characterized by the formation of cognitive associations among temporally contiguous perceptions, an internally generated explanatory schema is produced to give meaning to the associations, and the schema then becomes learned and perpetuated as a crystallized delusion. We suggest that the genesis of the initial paranoid state can be modeled by a spreading activation network of learning and memory… CONTINUE READING