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Are there known neuronal mechanisms that somehow explain phenomena like

i.e. deviating-from-normal experiences and beliefs about one's thoughts (where they come from, where they go to)?

Some references would be great.


Edit: A famous example of thought insertion (or auditory hallucinations - who would tell the difference?) has a Wikipedia article on its own: A course in miracles by Helen Schucman (whose brain presumably has not been investigated).

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  • $\begingroup$ Do you have any references to anything which makes you believe that there are methods to determine neuronal mechanisms of thoughts and beliefs? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Jan 15 at 10:47
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers: I did believe that some parts of neuroscience are exactly about that: inventing and applying methods to determine neuronal mechanisms of thoughts (beliefs being attitudes towards thoughts). Just one random reference: findlab.stanford.edu/Publications/… $\endgroup$ – Hans-Peter Stricker Jan 15 at 11:54
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers: I assume that "specific cognitive states" are somehow and partially related to "thoughts" - what else? $\endgroup$ – Hans-Peter Stricker Jan 15 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ Very loosely @Hans-PeterStricker. Cognitive states refer to (among other things) levels of consciousness (fully conscious, semi-conscious, unconscious) study.com/academy/lesson/… $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Jan 16 at 9:39
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers: I did not want to say that cognitive states are thoughts, but of course they aren't levels of consciousness,neither. They are somehow accompanied by "thoughts" (cognitive contents) and levels of consciousness. $\endgroup$ – Hans-Peter Stricker Jan 16 at 10:18

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