Introduction to Reality assignment disorder (RAD).
States of consciousnessEdit
We can all experience dreams, illusions, hallucinations, and normal waking consciousness. Reality assignment is the mental capacity to correctly assign experiences to various categories. Two major categories of experiences are "external physical reality" and "self-generated". It has been shown that the ability of a brain to provide both experiences of external physical reality and self-generated experiences involves over-lapping brain regions. For example, visualization of an object activates regions of the visual cortex that are used for normal vision. Since there is this over-lap in brain circuits required for experiences of external physical reality and self-generated experiences, it is to be expected that normal mental health depends on learning how to make correct reality assignments. Certain mental diseases can alter the normal process of reality assignment, resulting in personal confusion about the source of certain experiences. Reality assignment disorder (RAD) is the technical term used refer to abnormal and health-endangering disruptions in normal reality assignment. A growing area of research concerns the use of technologies for the production of virtual realities. How can such technologies increase the risk of RAD?