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Click to download PDF version Click to download BibTeX data Clik to view abstract M. A. Arbib, T. N. Mundhenk, Schizophrenia and the mirror system: an essay, Neuropsychologia, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 268-280, Feb 2005. [2003 impact factor: 2.695]

Abstract: We analyze how data on the mirror system for grasping in macaque and human ground the mirror system hypothesis for the evolution of the language-ready human brain, and then focus on this putative relation between hand movements and speech to contribute to the understanding of how it may be that a schizophrenic patient generates an action (whether manual or verbal) but does not attribute the generation of that action to himself. We make a crucial discussion between self-monitoring and attribution of agency. We suggest that vebal hallucinations occur when an utterance progresses through verbal creation pathways and returns as a vocalization observed, only to be dismissed as external since no record of its being created has been kept. Schizophrenic patients on this theory then confabulate the agent.

Themes: Computational Modeling, Scene Understanding


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