Cognitive factors associated with subclinical delusional ideation in the general population
Psychiatry Research, 08/16/2012
Zawadzki JA et al. – The results suggest that subclinical delusional ideation is associated with bias against disconfirmatory evidence (BADE), greater need for closure, a ‘jumping to conclusions’ response style, and a tendency to rate absurd and unlikely interpretations of an event as more plausible, which might be indicative of insufficient evidence integration or ‘liberal acceptance’. These cognitive biases, which occur in a much milder fashion than seen in typical deluded patient samples, may nonetheless additively play a role in the development of delusional ideation, and suggest common pathways seen in healthy and psychiatric samples.