Capgras syndrome--out of sight, out of mind?

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2003 Dec;108(6):460-2; discussion 462-3. doi: 10.1046/j.0001-690x.2003.00135.x.


Objective: Recent theoretical approaches emphasize a disorder of face processing in the pathogenesis of the Capgras syndrome. We report a patient with the Capgras syndrome developing in the physical absence of the person who is believed to be replaced and thus a limited role for a disorder of face processing.

Method: The clinical phenomenology of a case of the Capgras syndrome is explored.

Results: A disorder of face processing might not be a sufficient explanation of the course of the disorder in this patient.

Conclusion: Face processing accounts, of the Capgras delusion, have to be supplemented by additional assumptions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Brain / drug effects
  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Capgras Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Capgras Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Haloperidol / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Memory Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Memory Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Middle Aged


  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • Haloperidol