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Flights of Theory

R. Walter Heinrichs

in In Search of Madness

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195122190
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195122190.003.0008
 Flights of Theory

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This chapter focuses on current theoretical ideas about schizophrenia and how they explain the illness. Diathesis-stress theories have arisen to explain schizophrenia in light of the accumulation of knowledge in neuroscience and genetics. However, their track record is often inadequate. There are interesting, provocative, and perhaps helpful ideas that require examination in future research, but theoretical work is enormously difficult. The theorist must stay true to what is known about the illness but also propose new concepts that lead to predictions that can be tested. None of the diathesis-stress theories are really successful in this regard.

Keywords: schizophrenia; neurodevelopment; stress; diathesis-stress theories; genetics

Chapter.  14183 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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