Visual processing in patients with frégoli syndrome
Edelstyn NMJ., Riddoch MJ., Oyebode F., Humphreys GW., Forde E.
We investigated four paranoid schizophrenic patients diagnosed with Frégoli delusion, and four matched psychotic controls. Neuropsychological testing included visual and verbal recognition memory, in addition to a comparison of left and right hemispheric processing of two different classes of stimuli, animate and inanimate objects. Performance on the recognition memory test failed to discriminate between the two psychotic groups on the basis of facial recognition, however, the patients with Fregoli delusion failed to show the right hemisphere processing advantage for the animate class of stimuli found for the set of norms and also present in the psychotic control group. These results are discussed in the context of both current theories of the delusional misidentification syndromes in general, and models of facial recognition in particular. © 1996 Psychology Press, an imprint of Erlbaum (UK) Taylor & Francis Ltd.