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An Alternative View of Schizophrenic Cognition

Snyder, Douglas M. (1991) An Alternative View of Schizophrenic Cognition. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

An alternative view to the traditionally held view that schizophrenia is characterised by severely disordered cognition is presented. It is possible that apparently self-contradictory expressions of schizophrenics are well-formed communicative expressions of highly ordered cognitive systems. Building on the premise that behavior is in general communicative, and using Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem from logic as a model, it is shown that the most characteristic symptoms of schizophrenia (namely apparently self-contradictory thought, delusions and hallucinations) may indicate truths that cannot be derived within highly ordered cognitive systems.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, schizophrenia, logic, cognitive systems, communication, delusions, hallucinations, consistency, incompleteness
Subjects:Psychology > Clinical Psychology
Philosophy > Logic
ID Code:839
Deposited By:Snyder, Douglas
Deposited On:21 Dec 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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