The computational view of delusions (RCPsych Congress 2015)


A major challenge regarding delusions is understanding them in terms of changes in brain function. Dr Corlett is attempting to meet this challenge by investigating the neural basis of human associative learning and belief formation, and relating these processes to the formation of delusional beliefs. His findings have shaped the development of a novel mechanistic model of delusion formation, which he discusses with Dr Raj Persaud in this podcast.


Date published: 17 August 2015

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Philip Corlett

Audio running time: 27 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the computational view of delusions


  • the research being done in this area


  • the theories about the functions of delusional beliefs.


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