Brain Evolution, Language and Psychopathology in Schizophrenia

1st Edition

Paolo Brambilla, Andrea Marini

Routledge
Published January 4, 2017
Reference - 252 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138635807 - CAT# Y323041
Series: Explorations in Mental Health

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Summary

This book provides a comprehensive review of new developments in the study of language processing and related neural networks in schizophrenia by addressing the complex link between psychopathology, language and evolution at different levels of analysis.

Psychopathological symptoms in schizophrenia are mainly characterized by thought and language disorders, which are strictly intertwined. In particular, language is the distinctive dimension of human beings and is ontologically related to brain development. Although normal at the levels of segmental phonology and morphological organization, the speech of patients suffering from schizophrenia is often characterized by flattened intonation and word-finding difficulties. Furthermore, research suggests that the superior temporal gyrus and specific prefrontal areas which support language in humans are altered in people with schizophrenia.

Brambilla and Marini bring together international contributors to explore the link between brain evolution and the psychopathological features of schizophrenia, with a focus on language and its neural underpinnings.

Divided into three sections the book covers:

• brain evolution and language phylogenesis
• brain abnormalities in schizophrenia
• psychopathology and schizophrenia.

This theoretical approach will appeal to professionals including clinical psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists, neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neurolinguists, and researchers considering the links between brain evolution, language and psychopathology in schizophrenia.

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