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Syndrome Stabilization in Psychiatry: Pathological Gambling as a Case Study

Ross, Don (2008) Syndrome Stabilization in Psychiatry: Pathological Gambling as a Case Study. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Murphy (2006) criticizes psychiatric nosology from the perspective of the philosophy of science, arguing that the model of pathology as encapsulated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders reflects a folk conception of the mental, and of malfunctioning, that is inadequately integrated with cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. The present paper supports this view through a case study of research on pathological gambling. It argues that recent modeling based on fMRI studies and behavioral genetics suggests a stipulative, non-seamless reduction of pathological gambling to a specific disorder of the mesolimbic dopamine system. This argument is agnostic as between prior philosophical commitments to realism or empiricism.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Ross, Don
Keywords: pathological gambling, DSM, local reduction, neuroscience, addiction
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Don Ross
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:17
Item ID: 4283
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 2008

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