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Genes, Memes, tradition, and psychological affliction: towards an Integrative Model

Hoyle Leigh

What produces psychological disease: genes, atmosphere, either, neither? The query has been requested in numerous types, and solutions debated, for lots of centuries. in keeping with a groundbreaking new publication, the reply are available in memes—replicable devices of knowledge linking genes and atmosphere within the reminiscence and in culture—whose results on person mind improvement should be benign or poisonous.

The newest paintings from pioneering psychiatrist Hoyle Leigh, Genes, Memes, tradition, and psychological Illness reconceptualizes psychological problems as items of demanding gene x meme interactions, and introduces a biopsychosocial template for meme-based analysis and remedy. a variety of healing modalities, either broad-spectrum (e.g., meditation) and particular (e.g., cognitive-behavioral), for countering damaging memes and their replication are thought of, as are probabilities for memetic prevention innovations. With attribute intensity and accessibility, the author:

  • Outlines the jobs of genes and memes within the evolution of the human brain.
  • Elucidates the production, garage, and evolution of memes inside person brains.
  • Examines tradition as a service and provider of memes to the individual.
  • Examines the trade of memes among the person and surrounding culture.
  • Proposes psychological healthiness as a democracy of memes inside of person brains.
  • Provides particular examples of gene x meme interactions which may lead to nervousness, melancholy, and different disorders.
  • Proposes a multiaxial gene x meme version for diagnosing psychological illness.
  • Details broad-spectrum and particular meme-oriented therapy strategies.
  • Identifies components of meme-based prevention for at-risk children.
  • Defines particular syndromes when it comes to memetic indicators, genetic/memetic improvement, and meme-based therapy.

For psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, physicians, clinical scholars, and graduate scholars attracted to tradition and psychological healthiness and disorder, Genes, Memes, tradition, and psychological Illness will improve their theoretical wisdom and day-by-day perform in addition to stimulate new dialogue on probably the most enduring matters of their fields.

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3 Enculturation and Memes . . . . 4 Memes for Being Ill . . . . . References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 26 26 26 27 In the previous two chapters, we discussed a new model of mental illness based on gene × meme interaction. We visualized the individual organism as being in a petri dish surrounded by a medium of molecules representing memes.

Generally, stress results in retraction and simplification of dendrites. In memetic terms, stress memes tend to disconnect incoming memes from existing memes (memories). Puberty seems to be a particularly vulnerable period for the effect of stress on the brain. Stress in peripubertal rats resulted in a stunting of growth in parts of the hippocampus and a sustained down-regulation of the hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor (GR) gene expression, resulting in deficits in the shut-off of the HPA activation.

2007), Unterberger et al. (2006), Weaver (2007), and Weaver et al. (2007) studied the effects of different maternal behavior in rats. Maternal behavior in rats affects the neural systems that tonically inhibit corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) synthesis and release in the hypothalamus and amygdala, which in turn activate central norepinephrine in response to stress. Glucocorticoids initiate tonic negative feedback inhibition over CRF synthesis and release and thus dampen HPA responses to stress.

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