The Neuroscience of Hallucinations

  • Renaud Jardri
  • Arnaud Cachia
  • Pierre Thomas
  • Delphine Pins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Basics of Hallucinations

  3. Cognitive Models of Hallucinations

  4. Neurobiological and Computational Models of Hallucinations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Christopher N. David, Judith L. Rapoport
      Pages 203-230
    3. Julio Sanjuán, María Dolores Moltó, Amparo Tolosa
      Pages 231-252
    4. Alexey Kozlenkov, Javier González-Maeso
      Pages 253-277
    5. Paul Allen, Toby T. Winton-Brown
      Pages 279-288
    6. Renaud Jardri, Sophie Denève
      Pages 289-313
  5. Brain-Imaging Insight into Hallucinations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Claudia van Swam, Thomas Dierks, Daniela Hubl
      Pages 317-342
    3. Stefania Benetti, William Pettersson-Yeo, Andrea Mechelli
      Pages 417-443
  6. Innovative Therapeutic Approaches of Hallucinations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
    2. Jack A. Jenner
      Pages 447-470
    3. Nicole Gellings Lowe, Maria Paola Rapagnani, Chiara Mattei, Stephen M. Stahl
      Pages 471-492
    4. Paul B. Fitzgerald, Kate E. Hoy
      Pages 493-511
    5. Emmanuel Poulet, Frederic Haesebaert, Jérôme Brunelin, Marie-Françoise Suaud-Chagny
      Pages 513-527
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 549-566

About this book


Hallucinatory phenomena have held the fascination of science since the dawn of medicine, and the popular imagination from the beginning of recorded history. Their study has become a critical aspect of our knowledge of the brain, making significant strides in recent years with advances in neuroimaging, and has established common ground among what normally are regarded as disparate fields.

 The Neuroscience of Hallucinations synthesizes the most up-to-date findings on these intriguing auditory, visual, olfactory, gustatory, and somatosensory experiences, from their molecular origins to their cognitive expression. In recognition of the wide audience for this information among the neuroscientific, medical, and psychology communities, its editors bring a mature evidence base to highly subjective experience. This knowledge is presented in comprehensive detail as leading researchers across the disciplines ground readers in the basics, offer current cognitive, neurobiological, and computational models of hallucinations, analyze the latest neuroimaging technologies, and discuss emerging interventions, including neuromodulation therapies, new antipsychotic drugs, and integrative programs. Among the topics covered: 

  • Hallucinations in the healthy individual.
  • A pathophysiology of  transdiagnostic hallucinations including computational and connectivity modeling.
  • Molecular mechanisms of hallucinogenic drugs.
  • Structural and functional variations in the hallucinatory brain in schizophrenia.
  • The neurodevelopment of hallucinations.
  • Innovations in brain stimulation techniques and imaging-guided therapy.

Psychiatrists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, clinical psychologists, and pharmacologists will welcome The Neuroscience of Hallucinations as a vital guide to the current state and promising future of their shared field.

Renaud Jardri, M.D., Ph.D., is a child psychiatrist at the Lille University Medical Centre, France and associate faculty at the Group for Neural Theory, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.

Arnaud Cachia, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Neurosciences at Université Paris Descartes, affiliated with the Center for Psychiatry and Neurosciences (INSERM, Ste-Anne Hospital) and the Laboratory for the Psychology of Child Development and Education (CNRS, Sorbonne).

Pierre Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the Lille North of France University School of Medicine and Co-Research Director of the “Hallucinations & Delusions” team in the Functional Neuroscience and Disorders Laboratory (Lille, France).

Delphine Pins, Ph.D., is a CNRS researcher at the Functional Neurosciences and Disorders Laboratory (Lille, France), where she is Co-Research Director of the “Hallucinations & Delusions” team.


Consciousness Delusion Hallucination Psychosis Psychotic disorder

Editors and affiliations

  • Renaud Jardri
    • 1
  • Arnaud Cachia
    • 2
  • Pierre Thomas
    • 3
  • Delphine Pins
    • 4
  1. 1.University Medical Centre of Lille, Pediatric Psychiatry DepartmentFontan HospitalLille cedexFrance
  2. 2.Sainte-Anne Hospital, Center for Psychiatry and NeurosciencesUniversité Paris DescartesParisFrance
  3. 3.University Medical Centre of Lille, Psychiatry DepartmentFontan HospitalLille cedexFrance
  4. 4.University Medical Centre of Lille, Functional Neurosciences & Disorders LabSalengro HospitalLille cedexFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4120-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4121-2
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