Psychopathology: The Evolving Science of Mental Disorder / Edition 1

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Overview

The scientific study of mental disorder is progressing rapidly because of new discoveries in molecular genetics, cognitive processes, neurochemistry, and neuroanatomy. The study of mental disorder has evolved from a primarily descriptive discipline into a mature science with strong biological underpinnings that incorporates social and developmental data. Psychopathology: The Evolving Science of Mental Disorder combines varied fields of research to present a comprehensive picture of current research on psychosis. In this timely volume honoring Professor Philip Holzman, distinguished investigators present new findings from their laboratories, as well as perspectives on areas of rapid growth and change. The editors also provide thoughtful overviews of four major themes in psychopathology research: brain mechanisms, development, thinking, and genetics. This book will appeal to graduate students, clinicians, and researchers in the fields of psychiatry, cognitive science, and neuroscience.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent and exciting new book, written by internationally recognized authorities in the field, that reviews the scientific study of mental disorders in light of recent developments in molecular genetics, cognitive neuroscience, neurochemistry, and neuroanatomy.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, according to one of the editors, is to "celebrate the coming of age in our field." This book "...shows plainly that psychopathology has joined the ranks of the mature sciences, both in canons of scientific evidence and in ingenuity of experimental design." The editors want to convey their excitement about developments in the field. They have succeeded.
Audience: The intended audience is graduate students, clinicians, and researchers in the fields of psychiatry, cognitive science, and neuroscience.
Features: The book features 633 pages divided into four major themes in psychopathology research: brain mechanisms, development, thinking, and genetics. Each chapter ends with useful and up-to-date references. There is a very useful author and subject index at the back of the book. The only criticism I have is that the main focus is on schizophrenia. The other psychopathologies are hardly addressed.
Assessment: This is an exceptional new book on the science of mental disorders, reviewing the current knowledge base of a major psychosis, schizophrenia. Anyone who wants to keep abreast of developments in the scientific understanding of psychopathology should own this book.
Michael J. Schrift
This is an excellent and exciting new book, written by internationally recognized authorities in the field, that reviews the scientific study of mental disorders in light of recent developments in molecular genetics, cognitive neuroscience, neurochemistry, and neuroanatomy. The purpose of the book, according to one of the editors, is to ""celebrate the coming of age in our field."" This book ""...shows plainly that psychopathology has joined the ranks of the mature sciences, both in canons of scientific evidence and in ingenuity of experimental design."" The editors want to convey their excitement about developments in the field. They have succeeded. The intended audience is graduate students, clinicians, and researchers in the fields of psychiatry, cognitive science, and neuroscience. The book features 633 pages divided into four major themes in psychopathology research: brain mechanisms, development, thinking, and genetics. Each chapter ends with useful and up-to-date references. There is a very useful author and subject index at the back of the book. The only criticism I have is that the main focus is on schizophrenia. The other psychopathologies are hardly addressed. This is an exceptional new book on the science of mental disorders, reviewing the current knowledge base of a major psychosis, schizophrenia. Anyone who wants to keep abreast of developments in the scientific understanding of psychopathology should own this book.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521444699
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
1 Editor's introduction: From controversy to connectivity 3
2 The functional parcellation of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the heterogeneous facets of schizophrenia 7
3 Components of working memory deficit in schizophrenia 34
4 Temporal lobe structural abnormalities in schizophrenia: A selective review and presentation of new magnetic resonance findings 51
5 Location, location, location: The pathway from behavior to brain locus in schizophrenia 100
6 The defects of affect and attention in schizophrenia: A possible neuroanatomical substrate 127
7 Editor's introduction: Methods in the developmental study of madness 155
8 Developmental psychopathology: From attribution toward information 161
Comments on Sheldon H. White's chapter 198
9 A paradoxical partnership: Some historical and contemporary referents linking adult schizophreniform disorder and resilient children under stress 200
10 A look at the evolution of developmental models of schizophrenia 229
11 Developmental theory: Lessons from the study of risk and psychopathology 253
12 The return of the ancients: On temperament and development 285
13 Editor's introduction: Upward toward phenomenology, downward toward physiology 301
14 The psychometric assessment of schizophrenia proneness 313
Comments on Jean P. Chapman and Loren J. Chapman's chapter 334
15 Politeness in schizophrenia 336
Comments on Roger Brown's chapter 351
16 Neuroleptic treatment effects in relation to psychotherapy, social skills training, and social withdrawal in schizophrenics 353
Comments on Herbert E. Spohn's chapter 362
17 Familial factors in the impairment of attention in schizophrenia: Data from Ireland, Israel, and the District of Columbia 364
18 Parsing cognitive processes: Psychopathological and neurophysiological constraints 407
19 Cognitive psychopathology in schizophrenia: Explorations in language, memory, associations, and movements 433
20 Editor's introduction: Contemporary issues in the genetics of psychopathological disorders 455
21 Genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of schizophrenia 477
22 Problems and paradoxes in research on the etiology of schizophrenia 488
Comments on Einar Kringlen's chapter 509
23 Epistemological issues in psychiatric research 511
24 Searching for major genes for schizophrenia 539
25 The Drosophda eye and the genetics of schizophrenia 557
26 Reflections on the developing science of psychopathology 583
Author index 607
Subject index 619
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