Commentary

Belief in the primacy of fantasy is misleading and unnecessary

Citation

Phillips W (2004) Belief in the primacy of fantasy is misleading and unnecessary. Commentary on: Behrendt, R., & Young, C. (2004). Hallucinations in schizophrenia, sensory impairment, and brain disease: A unifying model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27(6), 771-787. doi:10.1017/S0140525X04000184. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27 (6), pp. 802-803. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X04380180

Abstract
We can live in fantasy only if we survive in reality. Visual experience that carries information about the real world - that is, normal perception - serves that goal. Normal perception is not merely constrained hallucination, and it can usually be distinguished from internally generated images, with which it is rarely confused. Modulatory processes, such as attention, do indeed affect most levels of perceptual processing, but they do so without invalidating the transmission of the signals that they modulate.

Journal
Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Volume 27, Issue 6

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2004
Publication date online01/12/2004
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0140-525X
Item discussedBehrendt, R., & Young, C. (2004). Hallucinations in schizophrenia, sensory impairment, and brain disease: A unifying model. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27(6), 771-787. doi:10.1017/S0140525X04000184