From Abnormal Time-Space Experience to Delusions: Spatiotemporal Psychopathology

Filipe Arantes-Gonçalves, Georg Northoff

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Delusions are considered cognitive disturbances, which have been associated with various cognitive functions and their underlying neuronal correlates. However, this leaves open the exact psychological and neuronal mechanisms that ground certainty in such aberrant beliefs: What makes the subject so certain, against the objective evidence, of the delusional content? This chapter proposes a spatiotemporal approach to delusion that links psychological and neuronal levels. It first addresses the subjective experience of delusions with specific reference to their space-time coordinate system, drawing heavily on phenomenology. This is followed by a presentation of neuronal data, with a specific focus on the temporal and spatial elements of the brain’s neuronal activity, for example, its topography and dynamics. The chapter concludes that the spatial and temporal features are shared by neuronal and psychological levels of delusion that provide a bridge, or a ‘common currency’, that entails ‘spatiotemporal psychopathology’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Philosophy and Psychology of Delusions
Subtitle of host publicationHistorical and Contemporary Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000916300
ISBN (Print)9781032265919
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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