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A. C. Roberts, T. W. Robbins, and L. Weiskrantz

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198524410

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524410.001.0001

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The role of the prefrontal cortex in self-consciousness: the case of auditory hallucinations

The role of the prefrontal cortex in self-consciousness: the case of auditory hallucinations

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(p.181) 13 The role of the prefrontal cortex in self-consciousness: the case of auditory hallucinations
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The Prefrontal Cortex
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Chris Frith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524410.003.0013

This chapter explores the neural basis of particular symptoms rather than the patho-physiology of schizophrenia in general. An essential component of this exploration is an attempt to formulate cognitive mechanisms for the production of particular symptoms, rather than simply observing associations between symptoms and patterns of neural activity. It targets upon auditory hallucinations along with other symptoms for which similar cognitive mechanisms may be involved. Hallucinations are a common feature of schizophrenia although not unique to this disorder and usually take the form of hearing voices and certain particular forms, such as when the patient hears people talking about him in the third person. The chapter also discusses how forward modelling allows the distinction to be made between external and internally generated influences.

Keywords:   schizophrenia, cognitive mechanisms, neural activity, auditory hallucinations, forward modelling

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