Non-clinical unusual visual experiences: Measurement and cognitive mechanisms

Claire Mitchell

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Research into non-clinical unusual sensory experiences is primarily confined to the auditory modality. This thesis examines the measurement and underlying cognitive mechanisms of non-clinical unusual visual experiences by: (i) creating the Multi-Modality Unusual Sensory Experiences Questionnaire and (ii) exploring the associations of these phenomena with a range of modality-­specific (visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and object recognition) and modality-independent (temporal processing, intentional inhibition, cognitive biases, and meta-cognitive beliefs) constructs. Unusual visual experiences appear to have a unique profile which differs from that of clinical visual hallucinations. Findings support models implicating top-down factors in non-clinical unusual sensory experiences and atypical information processing.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date2 Nov 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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