Production of supernatural beliefs during cotard's syndrome, a rare psychotic depression

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (5):468-470 (2006)
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Abstract

Cotard's syndrome is a psychotic condition that includes delusion of a supernatural nature. Based on insights from recovered patients who were convinced of being immortal, we can (1) distinguish biographical experiences from cultural and evolutionary backgrounds; (2) show that cultural significance dominates biographical experiences; and (3) support Bering's view of a cognitive system dedicated to forming illusory representations of immortality.

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