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A New Understanding of Mental DisordersComputational Models for Dimensional Psychiatry$
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Andreas Heinz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036894

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036894.001.0001

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Evolutionary Concepts of Mental Disorders—A Unifying Framework?

Evolutionary Concepts of Mental Disorders—A Unifying Framework?

(p.65) 6 Evolutionary Concepts of Mental Disorders—A Unifying Framework?
A New Understanding of Mental Disorders

Andreas Heinz

The MIT Press

Dysfunction of basic learning mechanisms my best be understood within an evolutionary framework of human behavior. In this chapter, traditional evolutionary accounts of mental disorders are described and criticized, because they often have been based on a rather prejudiced view of non-European cultures and their supposed “primitiveness”. Such existing evolutionary theories and their pitfalls have to be kept in mind when developing a new understanding of mental disorder.

Keywords:   Basic learning mechanism, Dysfunction, Evolution, Human behaviour, primitiveness

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