Evolutionary-developmental modeling of neurodiversity and psychopathology

Behav Brain Sci. 2019;42:e19. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X18001103. Epub 2019 Mar 6.


Modeling the extremes of mental/emotional conditions requires explicit account of evolutionary-developmental sources of human neurodiversity, not merely psychopathology. The target article's approach could be improved by incorporation of a hierarchical scheme wherein mental/emotional infrastructure interacts across differentiated layers of function. The notion "symptom networks" thus calls for differentiation into hierarchically interacting components of mental/emotional evolution and development.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Psychopathology / methods*