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Emotion and delusion: Seeking common ground between neuroscience and the psychotherapies

Oliver H. Turnbull and Victoria E. Lovett

in From the Couch to the Lab

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Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600526
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754753 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199600526.003.0011
Emotion and delusion: Seeking common ground between neuroscience and the psychotherapies

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This chapter explores areas of common ground between psychoanalysis and neuroscience—of which many areas exist. Emotion is an area of obvious overlap between the two fields and is especially important for any discussion of delusional beliefs. The chapter highlights such links and particularly suggests ways in which developments in neuroscience can potentially enrich psychoanalysis. We focus especially on the issue of emotional regulation, and the many ways in which false beliefs might be emotionally driven, in doing so focusing on the topics of self-deception, emotion and stereotyping, emotion in decision making, dreams and psychosis, and neurological disorders such as confabulation and anososgnosia. The chapter concludes by highlighting the need to develop a strong two-way relationship between the two fields.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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