Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Some ethological perspectives on the fitness consequences and social emotional symptoms of schizophrenia

Glenn E. Weisfeld a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202


Schizophrenia may not have reduced reproductive success in ancestral times as much as it does today, so explaining how genes for it evolved is more understandable given this prehistoric perspective. Ethological analysis of schizophrenia – understanding how basic emotional behaviors, such as dominance striving, are affected by the condition – might prove useful for comprehending and treating its social emotional symptoms.