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ConfabulationViews from Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology and Philosophy$
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William Hirstein

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208913.001.0001

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Confabulation as a psychiatric symptom

Confabulation as a psychiatric symptom

(p.159) Chapter 7 Confabulation as a psychiatric symptom

P. J. McKenna

E. Lorente-Rovira

G. E. Berrios

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the phenomenon of confabulation can be seen in schizophrenia. It is clear that it is very uncommon in a spontaneous form, and when it does occur it always seems to take the form of so-called fantastic confabulation. With the possible exception of general paralysis of the insane, this schizophrenic form of confabulation appears to go considerably beyond even the most adventurous and illogical forms of spontaneous confabulation encountered in neurological disease.

Keywords:   Kraepelin, delusional confabulation, schizophrenia, delusional memory, fantastic confabulation

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