Bayesian accounts and black swans: Questioning the erotetic theory of delusional thinking

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Parrott and Koralus argue that a particular cognitive factor – “impaired endogenous question raising” – offers a parsimonious account of three delusion-related phenomena: 1) the development of the Capgras delusion; 2) evidence that patients with schizophrenia outperform healthy control participants on a conditional reasoning task; and 3) evidence that deluded individuals “jump to conclusions”. In this response I assess these claims, and raise my own questions about the “erotetic” theory of delusional thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-466
Number of pages11
JournalCognitive Neuropsychiatry
Issue number5
Early online date15 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Delusions
  • Erotetic Theory
  • Jumping to Conclusions
  • Schizophrenia

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