Considerations about Evolutionary Ecological Study of Psychiatry

정신의학의 진화생태학적 연구 시 고려사항

  • Park, Hanson (Department of Anthropology, Seoul National University College of Social Science)
  • 박한선 (서울대학교 사회과학대학 인류학과)
  • Received : 2019.12.02
  • Accepted : 2019.12.05
  • Published : 2019.12.30


Evolutionary research on mental disorders is relatively difficult compared to other medical studies. It is because the cause of mental disorder is unclear relative to other medical diseases, various proximate causations are involved. And it is difficult to distinguish cause and effect and to carry out experimental research. Despite these methodological difficulties, it is possible to establish an evolutionary hypothesis on mental disorders based on constructive reductionism, and to demonstrate actual data on the model based on this hypothesis. In this paper, I will discuss some conceptual definitions needed for applying ecological approaches to evolutionary psychiatric research. We will first discuss the appropriate level of explanations and the scope of the study subjects, then discuss the conceptual definition of behaviour and function, dysfunction and the appropriate level of selection.


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