[Capgras syndrome: a proposal of neuropsychological battery for assessment]

Rev Esp Geriatr Gerontol. 2011 Sep-Oct;46(5):275-80. doi: 10.1016/j.regg.2011.06.001. Epub 2011 Sep 23.
[Article in Spanish]


Capgras syndrome is the most prevalent of the delusional misidentification syndromes. It appears in both psychiatric illness and organic brain damage. Cognitive and neuropsychiatric models (lateralization and disconnection) have been proposed to explain the syndrome. From a neuropsychological point of view Capgras syndrome seems to be due to damage of bifrontal and right limbic and temporal regions. Memory, feeling of familiarity, monitoring of self and reality would be altered. All of these cause a failure to adequately integrate the information about emotions and facial recognition. Relative preservation of the left frontal lobe may be necessary for the development of delusional response. There does not seem to be a differential pattern as regards the aetiology, but there is a common underlying neuropsychiatric mechanism. Based on theoretic models, and clinics features, we propose a neuropsychological battery to assess the Capgras syndrome, that should be sensitive to the main expected deficits.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Capgras Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests*