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The Maladapted Mind: Classic Readings in Evolutionary Psychopathology

Edited By: Simon Baron-Cohen

286 pages, Figs

Psychology Press

Paperback | Aug 1999 | #103821 | ISBN: 086377461X
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #103820 | ISBN: 0863774601
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About this book

This text brings together classic and contemporary readings illustrating the subdiscipline of evolutionary psychology. The book highlights how mechanisms in the brain which normally enable us to be well-adapted to survival in our environment can occasionally malfunction, leading individuals to develop what is recognized as psychiatric disorder. Each paper demonstrates how evolutionary arguments are being brought to bear on the study of a different psychiatric condition, including anxiety, depression, psychopathic personality, autism and rape. The framework presented in the book should lead to new insights into the aetiology of psychiatric conditions and, at the same time, illustrate how the study of such mental abnormalities can reveal the existence of basic neurocognitive mechanisms in the "normal" mind that have been overlooked.


Contents

S. Baron-Cohen, Preface: Why Evolutionary Psychopathology? R. Nesse, G. Williams, Are Mental Disorders Diseases? M. McGuire, I. Marks, R. Nesse, A. Troisi, Evolutionary Biology: A Basic Science for Psychiatry? D. Wilson, Evolutionary Epidemiology: Darwinian Theory in the Service of Medicine and Psychiatry. I. Marks, R. Nesse, Fear and Fitness: An Evolutioary Analysis of Anxiety Disorders. R. Nesse, An Evolutionary Perspective on Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. R. James Blair, A Cognitive Developmental Approach to Morality: Investigating the Psychopath. M. Daly, M. Wilson, Evolutionary Social Psychology and Family Homicide. L. Mealey, The Sociobiology of Sociopathy: An Integrated Evolutionary Model. L.A. Dugatkin, The Evolution of the "Con-Artist". S. Baron-Cohen, How to Build a Baby that Can Read Minds: Cognitive Mechanisms in Mindreading. J, Price, L. Sloman, R. Gardner Jr., P. Gilbert, P. Rohde, The Social Competition Hypothesis of Depression,

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