Delusions of the paranormal: a haunting question of perception.

@article{Lange1998DelusionsOT,
  title={Delusions of the paranormal: a haunting question of perception.},
  author={R. Lange and J. Houran},
  journal={The Journal of nervous and mental disease},
  year={1998},
  volume={186 10},
  pages={
          637-45
        }
}
  • R. Lange, J. Houran
  • Published 1998
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of nervous and mental disease
The hypothesis that paranormal (poltergeist) experiences are delusions resulting from the affective and cognitive dynamics of percipients' interpretation of ambiguous stimuli was tested in two studies using a structural modeling approach. Consistent with attribution theory, study I indicated that such delusions are best modeled by a closed negative-feedback loop involving belief, experience, and fear as process variables. Using a more homogeneous sample of percipients, study II replicated this… Expand

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