The doxastic shear pin: delusions as errors of learning and memory.

  title={The doxastic shear pin: delusions as errors of learning and memory.},
  author={Sarah Kathryn Fineberg and P R Corlett},
  journal={Cognitive neuropsychiatry},
  volume={21 1},
We reconsider delusions in terms of a "doxastic shear pin", a mechanism that errs so as to prevent the destruction of the machine (brain) and permit continued function (in an attenuated capacity). Delusions may disable flexible (but energetically expensive) inference. With each recall, delusions may be reinforced further and rendered resistant to contradiction. We aim to respond to deficit accounts of delusions - that delusions are only a problem without any benefit - by considering delusion… CONTINUE READING
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