Niall McLaren

Patrick McLaren


The Biocognitive Model of Mind for psychiatry is an outline of a model of mind developed with the purpose of taking psychiatry beyond the limits of biological psychiatry. Specifically, the intention is to write a theoretical basis for a molecular resolution of the mind-body problem, so that the mind takes primacy over the brain. This is the complete reverse of the standard approach in modern psychiatry, which says that the mind can be reduced to the brain, so a full explanation of the brain in neurophysiological terms will lead to a full understanding of the mind in mental terms. The case against reductionist biopsychiatry is developed at length and leads to the conclusion that modern psychiatry has no rational basis whatsoever.

It is a humanist theory based in the idea that humans are sentient beings with highly-developed cognitive capacities, the mechanism of mind being an informational space generated by the switching capacities of the brain.

The Biocognitive Model is entirely novel in the history of psychiatry in that it leads directly to a formal model of mental disorder, including personality disorder and psychotic states. This dictates forms of treatment based in psychotherapy. Drug management of mental disorders is still useful, but is only of secondary importance.

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