Navigation Links
New book offers cutting-edge perspective on causes of schizophrenia; related disorders
Date:7/26/2010

BINGHAMTON, NY About 1 in 10 people have the potential to develop schizophrenia, but only 1 in 100 actually end up with this devastating illness. The challenge is in knowing why some do and some don't.

Drawing from over 25 years of laboratory study, Mark F. Lenzenweger, a distinguished professor of clinical science, neuroscience and cognitive psychology at Binghamton University, thinks that not only does he have the makings of a good response to this troubling question but also how to go about finding those answers.

In his latest book, Schizotypy and Schizophrenia: The View from Experimental Psychopathology, Lenzenweger explores lessons he has learned in the psychological science laboratory while probing the broader questions of how to think about and conduct psychopathology research.

"The liability for schizophrenia is relatively prevalent and common in our population," said Lenzenweger. "Therefore, understanding why someone goes on to develop the illness is a high priority research question. I firmly believe that those who harbor this liability but do not develop the full-blown illness of schizophrenia may hold the key to this puzzle. Since this is an ongoing challenge for our society, training the next generation in how to think about and conduct psychopathology research is just as vital. So what I've tried to do is combine both of those elements in a way that I hope will appeal to both the experienced research and those just starting out."

The book traces Lenzenweger's intense efforts to find answers using laboratory and statistical procedures by examining a host of related conceptual issues, data analytic strategies and methodical viewpoints that he has found helpful over the years. Using clinical anecdotes and research recollection, Lenzenweger hopes that readers will develop an appreciation for those substantive issues that have and are currently pressing (and interesting) on the causes of schizophrenia and related disorders.

"Schizophrenia is perhaps the costliest form of mental illness," said Lenzenweger. "In addition, it has a strong genetic component; about 80 percent of what determines schizophrenia is related to genetic influences. All people with schizophrenia share a personality organization known as schizotypy. And the person who carries shizotypy is known as a schizotype. Yet not all schizotypes are schizophrenic. In fact, the vast majority of schizotypes do not go on to develop the illness. So it stands to reason that the study of schizotypic individuals offers a unique perspective on what might cause the illness."

According to Lenzenweger, the way forward in understanding the causes and development of schizophrenia will be complex and difficult terrain.

"There will be no simple solution or discovery the remedies the entire problem," said Lenzenweger. "But I hope that my book will chart the course for the field as it stands currently and show the way forward for the generation to come."


'/>"/>

Contact: Gail Glover
gglover@binghamton.edu
607-777-2174
Binghamton University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. Natural Cosmetic Company Offers Women Entrepreneurs a New Way to Make Money in Hard Times
2. Scripps Center for Executive Health Now Offers Genetic Testing
3. Apriori Beauty Offers Free Anti-Aging Product Upgrade
4. Health Literacy Innovations Announces 1st Annual Health Literacy Innovator Award — Anonymous Donor Offers Prize Money To Winners
5. Obesity in America: World-Renowned Health Educator Offers Solutions to Obesity Epidemic
6. Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance offers $3,000 scholarship for a student pursuing a career in aviation at an Arizona school
7. Beverly Hills Aesthetics Offers Revolutionary New Celluraze Procedure
8. Innovative Fitness Machine Offers a Low-impact, High-intensity Workout
9. ConnectedIn Divorce Resource Offers Online Expert Website for People Considering or Going Through Divorce
10. PBG Offers a Pre-Upgrade Site Survey for Ericom, VMware, and NetApp Upgrades
11. AAP Offers New Online Pediatric Symptom Checker on HealthyChildren.org
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New book offers cutting-edge perspective on causes of schizophrenia; related disorders
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TherapySites, the leading ... with Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship allows TherapySites to continue ... Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA is extremely excited about ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to Best Buy ... in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be a purely ... make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of creating an ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... for Final Cut Pro X. , "Film editors can give their videos a whole ... artistically," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women ... diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate ... that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice ... overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, ... a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... to date financial data derived from varied research sources to ... potential impact on the market during the next five years, ... of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 ... Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any indication, the ... announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org by the ... diabetes stand in the way of academic and community ... Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and continues to advocate ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, ... report to their offering. ... for healthcare business planners, provides surgical procedure volume data ... trends with an in-depth analysis of growth drivers and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: