Psychopathology: The Evolving Science of Mental Disorder

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Overview

The scientific study of mental disorder is exciting today because of new discoveries in molecular genetics, cognitive processes, neurochemistry and neuroanatomy. Psychopathology combines these fields of research to present a comprehensive picture of psychosis. In this important volume, distinguished investigators from these fields 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 topics in psychopathology research: brain mechanisms, thinking, development and genetics.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521032599
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 652
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface Steven Matthysse; Part I. Brain Mechanisms: 1. Editor's introduction: from controversy to connectivity Francine M. Benes; 2. The functional parcellation of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the heterogeneous facets of schizophrenia Patricia Goldman-Rakic; 3. Components of working memory deficit in schizophrenia Sohee Park and Gillian O'Driscoll; 4. Temporal lobe structural abnormalities in schizophrenia: a selective review and presentation of new magnetic resonance findings Martha E. Shenton; 5. Location, location, location: the pathway from behavior to brain locus in schizophrenia Deborah L. Levy; 6. The defects of affect and attention in schizophrenia: a possible neuroanatomical substrate Francine M. Benes; Part II. Development: 7. Editor's introduction: methods in the developmental study of madness Jerome Kagan; 8. Developmental psychopathology: from attribution toward information Sheldon H. White; Comments Philip S. Holzman; 9. A paradoxical partnership: some historical and contemporary referents linking adult schizophreniform disorder and resilient children under stress Norman Garmezy; 10. A look at the evolution of developmental models of schizophrenia L. Erlenmeyer-Kimling; 11. Developmental theory: lessons from the study of risk and psychopathology Dante Cicchetti; 12. The return of the ancients: on temperament and development Jerome Kagan; Part III. Thinking: 13. Editor's introduction: Upward toward phenomenology m downward toward physiology Steven Matthysse; 14. The psychometric assessment of schizophrenia proneness Jean P. Chapman and Loren J. Chapman; 15. Politeness in schizophrenia Roger Brown; Comments Philip S. Holzman; 16. Neuroleptic treatment effects in relation to psychotherapy, social skills training and social withdrawal in schizophrenics Herbert E. Spohn; Comments Philip S. Holzman; 17. Familial factors in the impairment of attention in schizophrenia: data from Ireland, Israel and the District of Columbia Allan F. Mirsky; 18. Parsing cognitive processes: psychopathological and neurophysiological constraints Anne Sereno; 19. Cognitive psychopathology in schizophrenia: explorations in language, memory, associations and movements Brendan A. Maher; Part IV. Genetics: 20. Editor's introduction: contemporary issues in the genetics of psychopathological disorders Deborah L. Levy, Steven Matthysse and Philip S. Holzman; 21. Genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of schizophrenia Seymour S. Kety; 22. Problems and paradoxes in research on the etiology of schizophrenia Einar Kringlen; Comments Philip S. Holzman and Steven Matthysse; 23. Epistemological issues in psychiatric research Josef Parnas; 24. Searching for major genes in schizophrenia Kenneth K. Kidd; 25. The Drosophila eye and the genetics of schizophrenia Steven Matthysse; Part V. Response and Reflections: 26. Reflections on the developing science of psychopathology Philip S. Holzman; Author index; Subject index.

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