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Mr Michael Connors - Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Social Science, Business & Humanities

MODELLING THE MIRRORED-SELF MISIDENTIFICATION DELUSION WITH HYPNOSIS
Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science

Length: 1:48 minutes

Dr Michael Connors' research used hypnosis to model the mirrored-self misidentification delusion, the belief that one's reflection in the mirror is a stranger. This delusion commonly occurs in Alzheimer's patients and is difficult to study because of the associated decline in brain function. This project is significant because it allows researchers to create a temporary model of the disorder that can be studied in the laboratory. The research outcomes have been a better understanding of the disorder and the types of clinical challenges that might be effective in treating it. The research has produced a methodology for studying other clinical delusions.