Jackie Sullivan: Understanding Mental Illness: Will a Single Explanatory Model Do?
Jackie Sullivan (The University of Western Ontario, Rotman Institute of Philosophy)

October 12, 2016, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Department of Philosophy, Western University, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Martha Bishop Community Room - Landon Library
167 Wortley Rd
London N6C 3P6

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Abstract: The medical model of mental illness is often characterized as assuming that mental illness is a disorder of the brain. In contrast, the biopsychosocial model allows for the possibility that mental illness is caused by a combination of biological, psychological and environmental causes. Which model is superior for understanding, explaining and treating mental illness?

Speaker Profile: Dr. Sullivan received her Ph.D. from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) in 2007 and an M.S. from Pitt’s Department of Neuroscience in 2003. Her research interests are in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of neuroscience. Her current research focuses on epistemological problems that arise in the contexts of experimentation on learning and memory in cellular and molecular neurobiology.

This is the second lecture in a four-part series held at the Landon Branch Public Library, co-sponsored by the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, The Department of Philosophy at Western University, and the London Public Library. For details on the other library talks, please see: http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/events/the-brain-boom/

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