J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2015 Feb;54(1):49-61. 10.4306/jknpa.2015.54.1.49.

Research Methodologies of Evolutionary Psychiatry

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, St. Andrews Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Icheon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Anthropology, College of Social Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. hansonpark@snu.ac.kr


Evolutionary psychiatry is a branch of medical science concerning mental disorders, and also a multidisciplinary research field with close relation to psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and ethology. Although evolutionary psychiatry is a promising area for further psychiatric studies, it is still in its infancy. Thus, there are no certain research methods using evolutionary approaches toward mental diseases. It is still at the level of adopting and applying the research methods of the aforementioned adjacent fields. We aim to investigate a variety of research methods proposed to date and then compare them, which will provide a glimpse of the future of evolutionary psychiatry in the upcoming era.


Evolutionary anthropology; Evolutionary psychiatry; Neuroanthropology; Comparative anthropology; Evolutionary psychology

MeSH Terms

Mental Disorders


  • Fig. 1 Reconsideration of animal models. Adapted and modified from Lee and Goto.27) Med Hypotheses 2013;81:1120-1126.


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