Phantabulation: A case of visual imagery interference on visual perception

G. Cocchini, O. Lello, R.D. McIntosh, Sergio Della Sala

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We report the case of a 52-year old man who, following rupture of an anterior communicating artery aneurysm, presented with a phenomenon not previously described, which we have labelled "Phantabulation." Phantabulation is characterized by frequent and purposeful interactions with contextually appropriate imagined objects. We suggest that this phenomenon results from confusion between real and imagined objects, caused by failure to inhibit florid visual imagery, facilitated by cortical release mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-590
Number of pages10
JournalNeurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition
Issue number5
Early online date21 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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