Fractal Model of the Process of Constructing a Picture of the World and its Disorders in Patients with Schizophrenia



The article describes the fractal model of genesis of schizophrenia. It is believed that in order to build a real picture of the world, а person needs to scan, classify and build a hierarchy of information coming from external world. Patients with schizophrenia disrupt the hierarchy of available information, which prevents proper classifi cation and interpretation, making it diffi cult to build a picture of the world. Th e defi cit of hierarchic information forces the psyche to command the scanner to increase the frequency of scanning. Th is results in oversupply of disordered information, making it even more diffi cult to build a picture of the world.

General Information

Keywords: fractals, scanner, synthesizer, schizophrenia, cognitive disorders, model

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Balin V.D., Petrov M.V. Fractal Model of the Process of Constructing a Picture of the World and its Disorders in Patients with Schizophrenia. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 2, pp. 16–26. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Viktor D. Balin, Professor, St. Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:

Maksim V. Petrov, PhD in Psychology, Deputy Chief of the Psychology Service, Saint-Petersburg State Budgetary Institution of Health Care «Kashchenko Psychiatric Hospital №1», St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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