Cognitive neuropsychiatric models of persecutory delusions.

  title={Cognitive neuropsychiatric models of persecutory delusions.},
  author={Nigel Blackwood and Robert Howard and Richard P. Bentall and Robin M. Murray},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={158 4},
OBJECTIVE The major cognitive theories of persecutory delusion formation and maintenance are critically examined in this article. METHOD The authors present a comprehensive review of the literature, citing results of relevant functional neuroimaging and neural network studies. RESULTS People with persecutory delusions selectively attend to threatening information, jump to conclusions on the basis of insufficient information, attribute negative events to external personal causes, and have… CONTINUE READING
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