Religion and psychosis: A common evolutionary trajectory?

@article{Dein2011ReligionAP,
  title={Religion and psychosis: A common evolutionary trajectory?},
  author={S. Dein and R. Littlewood},
  journal={Transcultural Psychiatry},
  year={2011},
  volume={48},
  pages={318 - 335}
}
In this article we propose that schizophrenia and religious cognition engage cognate mental modules in the over-attribution of agency and the overextension of theory of mind. We argue similarities and differences between assumptions of ultrahuman agents with omniscient minds and certain ‘‘pathological’’ forms of thinking in schizophrenia: thought insertion, withdrawal and broadcasting, and delusions of reference. In everyday religious cognition agency detection and theory of mind modules… Expand
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