Conclusions

In closing, we agree with the GAP Research Committee (Bakker et al., 2002) in their conclusion:

[T]the concept of the brain as an organ that manages social life provides significant power for psychiatry's basic science. Burgeoning developments in neural and genetic areas put added demands on the conceptual structures of psychiatry. Findings from such work must be juxtaposed and correlated with the behavioral and experiential facets of psychiatry to give it a firm biological foundation. Psychiatry's full and unified entry into the realm of theory-driven and data-based medical science has been overdue. The social brain concept allows psychiatry to utilize pathogenesis in a manner parallel to practice in other specialties.

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