The Maladapted Mind: Classic Readings in Evolutionary Psychopathology

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Simon Baron-Cohen
Psychology Press, 1997 - Psychology - 286 pages
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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.

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Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor in Developmental Psychopathology and Director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, is the author of "Mindblindness" (MIT Press, 1997) and "The Essential Difference: The Truth about the Male and Female Mind".

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