Evolutionary biology

A basic science for psychiatry?

M. T. McGuire, I. Marks, Randolph Nesse, A. Troisi

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Abstract

Evolutionary biology has much to offer psychiatry. It distinguishes between ultimate and proximate explanations of behavior and addresses the functional significance of behavior. Subtheories, frequently voiced misconceptions, specific applications, testable hypotheses and limitations of evolutionary theory are reviewed. An evolutionary perspective is likely to improve understanding of psychopathology, refocus some clinical research, influence treatment and help integrate seemingly unrelated findings and theoretical explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-96
Number of pages8
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume86
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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McGuire, M. T., Marks, I., Nesse, R., & Troisi, A. (1992). Evolutionary biology: A basic science for psychiatry? Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 86(2), 89-96.

Evolutionary biology : A basic science for psychiatry? / McGuire, M. T.; Marks, I.; Nesse, Randolph; Troisi, A.

In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Vol. 86, No. 2, 1992, p. 89-96.

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McGuire, MT, Marks, I, Nesse, R & Troisi, A 1992, 'Evolutionary biology: A basic science for psychiatry?', Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 89-96.
McGuire, M. T. ; Marks, I. ; Nesse, Randolph ; Troisi, A. / Evolutionary biology : A basic science for psychiatry?. In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 1992 ; Vol. 86, No. 2. pp. 89-96.
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