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What is a delusion? Results and implications of phenomenological research

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Abstract: Delusions in schizophrenia are commonly approached as false beliefs that result from epistemic failures to represent reality correctly. This view has been dominant throughout the history of psychiatry, and continues to inform contemporary research and practice. Phenomenological accounts, by contrast, have suggested that delusions are more adequately understood as pertaining to a different kind of reality experience. In my talk, I will discuss the results of a phenomenology study of delusional reality experience and its implications for diagnostic, explanatory and therapeutic approaches of delusions.

Biography: Dr Jasper Feyaerts is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University (Belgium) and an Associate Researcher at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven. His current research interests are phenomenological approaches of psychosis and delusions, interdisciplinary integration of phenomenological research with other research approaches in clinical psychology and psychiatry, and philosophy of psychiatry. For more information on Dr Feyaerts, please visit:

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