Underconstrained perception: a theoretical approach to the nature and function of verbal hallucinations.

@article{Behrendt1998UnderconstrainedPA,
  title={Underconstrained perception: a theoretical approach to the nature and function of verbal hallucinations.},
  author={R P Behrendt},
  journal={Comprehensive psychiatry},
  year={1998},
  volume={39 4},
  pages={236-48}
}
We do not see the world as it is. Perception forms a subjective image of the world in a language that has proven to be adaptive to our interaction with the external world. Perception is mainly determined by current needs of the organism and goals of behavior. Sensory processing itself does not culminate in perception and is not essential for perception, since perception derives from representations of internal symbols and their features. The current stimulation of sensory organs does, however… CONTINUE READING

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