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Park and Pak: Research Methodologies of Evolutionary Psychiatry


Evolutionary psychiatry is a branch of medical science concerning mental disorders, and also a multidisciplinary research field with close relation to psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and ethology. Although evolutionary psychiatry is a promising area for further psychiatric studies, it is still in its infancy. Thus, there are no certain research methods using evolutionary approaches toward mental diseases. It is still at the level of adopting and applying the research methods of the aforementioned adjacent fields. We aim to investigate a variety of research methods proposed to date and then compare them, which will provide a glimpse of the future of evolutionary psychiatry in the upcoming era.

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Reconsideration of animal models. Adapted and modified from Lee and Goto.27) Med Hypotheses 2013;81:1120-1126.

Table 1

Strength and weakness of some research methodologies of evolutionary psychiatry



The authors have no financial conflicts of interest.


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