The causes and fundamental nature of schizophrenia have challenged researchers for decades. But recently, technological advances and new findings in psychological science, genetics, neurobiology, and related fields have greatly quickened the pace of this research. Origins and Development of Schizophrenia presents some of the most exciting experimental psychopathology research in this area during the past 10 years and sheds new light on this complex and devastating mental disorder.
This volume presents an exhaustive range of empirically based models and viewpoints on the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, addressing models of liability and etiology, neurocognitive processes, approaches to vulnerability, and developmental processes. Chapter authors fully acknowledge this disorder's complexity by exploring the genetic, neurobiological, neurophysiological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral influences, all within an experimental psychopathology perspective.