Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)
Review of: Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms in Psychopathology
This fascinating book represents an exciting perspective on the origins of psychopathology by focusing on the development of the brain. The assumption of such a neurodevelopmental perspective is that mental disorders arise from factors that alter the normal course of brain development. It is based on an understanding from research in these areas that neurodevelopment is a complex process that can be altered by a number of factors, from inherited constitutional liabilities to psychosocial stressors. The theoretical underpinnings of the neurodevelopmental perspective emerged in the 1970s, when clinical researchers proposed shifting the focus of understanding psychopathology from trying to identify a single initial cause of mental disorders to emphasizing the importance of bi-directional relationships among brain and experience in producing behavior.