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Dr Neralie Wise

DipSpecEd UTS, BA Macq, PhD Macq.

Neralie Wise

Associate Investigator

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My interest in cognitive disorders is long standing. I graduated from Toorak Teachers College (Melbourne: 1964) with a major in psychology, and later completed a Dip.Spec.Edu. (Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education: 1976). I worked as a special education and specialist reading teacher in both Australia and England. I became interested in delusions in my third undergraduate year in philosophy at Macquarie University.

The study of delusions is founded in two different philosophical traditions: the continental or phenomenological tradition and the Anglo-American or analytic tradition. It is my contention that the most plausible account of delusions must ultimately incorporate valuable insights from both traditions. I tentatively explored this approach in my honours thesis and I devoted my doctoral research to developing an integrated account of monothematic delusions. I am continuing to explore this approach.

At present I am working with members of the Belief Formation Program on advancing the understanding of the Capgras delusion (and of beliefs in conspiracy theories).

Selected Publications


  • Wise, N. (In Press). The Capgras Delusion: An impaired encoding account of factor one. Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology.
  • Wise, N. (2016). The Capgras delusion: An integrated approach. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 15(2), 183-205. doi:10.1007/s11097-014-9410-y
  • Wise, N. (2016). The Capgras delusion: An integrated approach. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 15, 183-205. doi:10.1007/s11097-014-9410-y
  • Wise, N. (2006). Is evolution progressive? Different views from two palaeontologists. Cogito Journal of Philosophy, 4(1), 62.

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