Temporal lobe involvement in Capgras syndrome
Type of Spiritual Experience
Capgras delusion is a psychiatric disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member (or pet) has been replaced by an identical impostor. The Capgras delusion is classified as a delusional misidentification syndrome, a class of delusional beliefs that involves the misidentification of people, places, or objects. It can occur in acute, transient, or chronic forms. Cases in which patients hold the belief that time has been "warped" or "substituted" have also been reported
A description of the experience
Int J Neurosci. 1988 Dec;43(3-4):219-24.
Temporal lobe involvement in Capgras syndrome.
Ardila A1, Rosseli M. 1 Miami Institute of Psychology, Florida 33135.
A Capgras syndrome case is presented. The clinical profile appeared at the onset of treatment with Praziquantel for neurocysticerosis. A left-temporal cysticercum was shown by means of a CT scan. Delusion, accompanied by some neurological symptoms diminished but did not disappear after treatment. The hypotheses for Capgras syndrome are reviewed and it is concluded that it constitutes a cognitive-dysmnesic phenomenon (feeling of unreality, impossibility to integrate recently acquired information with old memory traces) and, as such, its origin is likely temporal.