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The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance of the Mind Between Autism and Psychosis

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Christopher Badcock

Deeply scholarly yet absorbing narrative,The Imprinted Brainwill change the way we view the human brain and its functions, evolution, and disordering in mental illness. Badcock has drawn evolutionary biology together with genetics, psychology, psychiatry, … see full wiki

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Author: Christopher Badcock
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub
3 reviews about The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance...
review by . May 23, 2009
This is a very exciting book that proposes a link between autism and psychosis. High functioning autistic individuals tend to exhibit mechanistic thinking, combined with "mind-blindness," or an inability to "read" other people. Sufferers of schizophrenia or manic depression or paranoia, and other psychotic disorders, by contrast, exhibit a kind of "hyper-mentalism," that can be characterized as reading too much intention into situations. The symmetry between these disorders, that have usually been …
review by . May 19, 2009
This book explores the psychiatric conditions of Autism/ASD and Schizophrenia/Psychosis to examine what genetic factors are associated with these traits. The traits/characteristics of those showing these disorders are looked upon as being on a continuum from being mechanistic to mentalistic. Autistics have difficulty relating to the thoughts and feelings of others while schizophrenics are hypersensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others, often displaying paranoia due to this hyper-mentalistic …
review by . May 01, 2009
This is a deeply fascinating theory. I gave it lots of stars because of the importance of its ideas, even though it is not a great book in literary or stylistic terms.     The relatively uncommon collaboration of a sociologist (Badcock) and a biologist (Crespi) produced a compellingly simple and symmetric theory of the biology of the human mind which remains remarkably explanatory and coherent around just a few central ideas:    1. The "selfish gene." William …
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