December 8, 2020, Vol 324, No. 22, Pages 2238-2334
Science Denial and COVID Conspiracy TheoriesPotential Neurological Mechanisms and Possible Responses
Bruce L. Miller, MD
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JAMA. 2020;324(22):2255-2256. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21332
This Viewpoint discusses possible parallels between the distortion in sensory information and faulty monitoring of ideas characteristic of some patients with neurodegenerative diseases (dementia with Lewy bodies and Capgras syndrome, frontotemporal dementia) and the creation and maintenance of false conspiratorial beliefs about the COVID-19 pandemic in healthy populations that has hobbled an effective national response in the US.