Cognitive and psychiatric science beyond determinism

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Many of Rose's criticisms of determinism in biology have clear relevance to modem cognitive and psychiatric science; too narrow a focus on the brain as an information processing machine runs the risk of neglecting the context in which information processing takes place, and too narrow a focus on the neuroscience of psychopathology runs the risk of neglecting other levels of explanation for these phenomena. It should be emphasized, however, that animal and genetic studies of phenomena of interest to cognitive and psychiatric science (e.g., Alzheimer's disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and violence), while perhaps only providing a partial perspective, may be useful in understanding these phenomena and in leading to appropriate psychiatric interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)906-907
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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