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The etiology of schizophrenia and the origin of language: overview of a theory.

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Schizophrenia is present in all human populations with approximately the same incidence. Why does such illness persist given that it is associated with a reproductive disadvantage? What is the balancing advantage? A possible explanation is linked to human language. According to this hypothesis schizophrenia occurs as a manifestation of genetic diversity associated with language--the function by which Homo sapiens has separated from other primate species. Language originated by a genetic mutat...

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10.1053/comp.2003.50003

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Berlim, MT More by this author
Mattevi, BS More by this author
Belmonte-de-Abreu, P More by this author
Journal:
Comprehensive psychiatry
Volume:
44
Issue:
1
Pages:
7-14
Publication date:
2003
DOI:
EISSN:
1532-8384
ISSN:
0010-440X
URN:
uuid:5e9d85ad-2d93-4674-b5d5-f1836e5f099e
Source identifiers:
470836
Local pid:
pubs:470836

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