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The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease$
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Patrick McNamara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016087

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016087.001.0001

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Evolutionary Perspectives on the Agentic Self, Its Neural Networks, and Parkinson’s Disease

Evolutionary Perspectives on the Agentic Self, Its Neural Networks, and Parkinson’s Disease

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(p.110) (p.111) 7 Evolutionary Perspectives on the Agentic Self, Its Neural Networks, and Parkinson’s Disease
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The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson's Disease
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Patrick McNamara

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016087.003.0007

This chapter reveals that evolving behavioral patterns in the agentic self play a key role in the onset of Parkinson’s disease (PD). An individual is diagnosed with PD when he or she places more emphasis on adopting a preventive approach to perform most of the tasks in place of a risk-bearing approach. The individual demonstrates such a personality trait due to excessive secretion of pigmented dopamine in the brain cells, which affect the normal functioning of neural networks. These deformities create significant degenerative disorders in PD patients, who demonstrate an inability to use the appropriate language needed to perform a certain task. These patients also forget certain words or sentences when they are involved in conversations, finding it difficult to re-phase their observations in meaningful terms.

Keywords:   behavioral patterns, agentic self, brain cells, personality trait, neural networks

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