Early Brain Over-Growth Is Indicative of Autism as Predicted

The imprinted brain theory links brain growth to autism, and a new study confirms the association.

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.

Boys Will Be Boys—Even If Raised Believed to Be Girls

Boys born seeming to be girls and socialised as such revert to male after puberty in ~90% of cases, providing an acid test of nature versus nurture.

Seeing Is Believing: Religion, Madness, & Mechanism

Mentalism conflicts with mechanism in both religion and art.

Opposite Genetic Profiles of Autism vs. Schizophrenia

Although both autism and schizophrenia feature symptomatic communication difficulties, genetic profiling reveals them to be opposites as proposed by the diametric model.

Imprinted Genes and Infant Temperament: First Findings

The first study to compare expression of imprinted genes with measures of infant temperament yields encouraging results for the imprinted brain theory.

“Obese” Mothers and Autism: Not As Simple As It Seems

Maternal BMI is a simplistic measure—particularly when related to the complex issue of the cause of autism.

Gray & White Matter MRI Opposite in Autistics vs. Psychotics

Brain-imaging reveals that white and gray matter in autistic brains vary oppositely to schizophrenic brains, suggesting a new diagnostic tool only explained by the diametric model.

The Diametrics of Personal Space: Autism vs. Schizophrenia

New research into the sense of personal space.

Can You Be Autistic and Bipolar at the Same Time?

Co-occurrence of autism and bipolar disorder seems ruled out by the diametric model until you realize that different mental modules and brain centres may be involved in each.

Autism and Psychosis Can Cancel Out in Bipolar Disorder

The first study to assess the expression of autistic and schizotypal traits in adults with bipolar disorder confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the diametric model.

The Dark Side of Oxytocin

Normally thought of as purely positive in its effects, oxytocin is also implicated in religion, nationalism, and xenophobia.

Parental Age & Mental Illness: The Maternal Dimension

The biggest and most comprehensive study of the effects of parental age on offspring mental illness confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the imprinted brain theory.

A New Science of Human Evolution—and Evolutionary Psychiatry

A new book highlights the revolution sweeping through evolution thanks to genomics and sets a precedent that the imprinted brain theory has already followed.

The Mothers of Mankind

Proposed self-domestication of our species raises the issue of who the domesticators were. Insights of the imprinted brain theory argue they were ancestral mothers.

Schizophrenics as Hyper-domesticated Humans

As predicted by the diametric model of mental illness, if autistics are hypo-domesticated, schizophrenics are hyper-domesticated.

Autistics as Undomesticated Humans

To the extent that humans are a self-domesticated species, autistics can be seen as less domesticated than others.

Key Brain Protein Has Implications for Psychiatric Disorders

Levels of the key brain protein, BDNF, vary as predicted by the diametric model of mental illness: lower in psychotic spectrum disorders, but higher in autistic spectrum ones.

Mothers, Madness, and Mitochondria

The role of mitochondria in providing energy and countering cancer, along with their maternal mode of inheritance, makes them predictably implicated in psychiatric disorders.

DNA Imaging: Icon of a New, Genomic Literacy

Images of DNA pose the problem of genomic literacy and raise questions about what the text of the genome means, with potentially revolutionary implications for society.

Now You See It: Diametric Differences Revealed in the Brain

The first study to image brain activity in game playing according to participants’ autistic as opposed to psychotic tendencies reveals patterns consistent with the diametric model.

My Experience of Psychosis

Transient post-operative delirium in critical care produced symptoms uniquely explained by the diametric model of mental illness.

Autistic vs. Psychotic Spectrums: Overlapping or Opposite?

The first study to consider both cognitive modes proposed by the diametric model finds evidence of overlap and diametric opposition of autistic as opposed to psychotic traits.

How to Win a Turing Tournament

Both a computer's mentalistic deficits and mechanistic over-compensations could be masked in a Turing test by having it masquerade as a savant like the late Kim Peek.

The Autism of Rodin’s Thinker

Autistic deficits in quick, intuitive social responses are balanced by strengths in more deliberative, objective, and unbiased reasoning, just as the diametric model implies.

Imagination and the Diametric Model of Mental Illness

Imagination is the facet of autism that best accounts for its male-biased sex ratio, and higher genetic risk of schizophrenia is associated with enhanced imagination.

Reading Asperger in the 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes' Test

An important precedent for our understanding of autism and its history is set by the finding that only a minority of autistics show an impairment on reading the mind in the eyes.

How Microbes, Viruses, Imprinted Genes, etc. Shape Behaviour

Important insights into mental health—not to mention into who we are—follow from the realization that biologically speaking human beings are anything but single, unified organisms.

Copy Number, Schizophrenia, and Autism: New Findings

Copy number of a DNA domain involved in brain development correlates with the symptoms of schizophrenia and with autism as predicted by the diametric model.

The Aliens Have Landed!

Many autistics feel like visitors from another planet, and the metaphor is a good one.

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