Making sense of behavioral irregularities of great apes
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Psychopathology, mental illness, and psychiatric treatment are concepts relevant to modern medicine and medical psychology and replete with cumbersome intellectual and literary baggage. They bear the imprint of suppositions, world views, and general beliefs and values exemplified in the science, history, and general culture of Anglo European societies. The study in higher apes of phenomena addressed by such concepts raises conceptual dilemmas, usually termed speciesism and anthropomorphism, not unlike those encountered in comparative human studies of similar phenomena across cultures and historical periods, namely, ethnocentrism and anachronism. The authors' synthesis of literature and their analysis of the implications of higher ape psychopathology represent an epistemically compelling account that broadens the scope of the comparative study of behavioral irregularities, a topic that provides a different slant for examining challenging questions in evolutionary biology and primatology, such as cognition, self awareness, intentional behavior, culture and behavioral traditions, social intelligence, sickness and healing, and altruism. Theoretical and empirical study of this topic expands formulation and can help provide informative answers about human evolution as well as essential features of human psychiatric syndromes, with potential practical implications. The study of psychopathology of higher apes and other non human primates represents an appropriate focus for neuroscience and bio-behavioral sciences.

Author(s): 
Fabrega, Horacio
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Journal Abbreviation: 
Neurosci Biobehav Rev
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Year: 
2006
Pages: 
1260-1273; discussion 1274-1277
Volume: 
30
Issue: 
8
ISSN: 
0149-7634
DOI: 
10.1016/j.neubiorev.2006.09.004
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 17079015

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Horacio Fabrega. 2006. "Making sense of behavioral irregularities of great apes." Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 30: 8: 1260-1273; discussion 1274-1277. 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2006.09.004.

Wikipedia Citation

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