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Auto-domestication hypothesis and the rise in mental disorders in modern humans


Bednarik, Robert G; Saniotis, Arthur; Henneberg, Maciej (2022). Auto-domestication hypothesis and the rise in mental disorders in modern humans. Medical Hypotheses, 164:110874.

Abstract

Domestication is a process of protecting a particular set of individuals from some influences of their natural environment and managing their reproduction to suit particular needs of a domesticator. Biological characteristics of modern humans are a result of the process of auto-domestication that is continuing. Thus, they include disadvantages occurring in domesticated species: poor ability to cope with the external environment, reduced central nervous system plagued by mental abnormalities, gastrointestinal and metabolic deficiencies including reduced dentition, and musculoskeletal limitations. Since the process of autodomestication is continuing, these disadvantages will increase in future generations. At this stage of our bio-cultural evolution, we are being confronted by a pandemic of mental disorders which we are ill-equipped to address. This paper briefly discusses reasons why modern humans are more susceptible to mental disorders due to auto-domestication.

Abstract

Domestication is a process of protecting a particular set of individuals from some influences of their natural environment and managing their reproduction to suit particular needs of a domesticator. Biological characteristics of modern humans are a result of the process of auto-domestication that is continuing. Thus, they include disadvantages occurring in domesticated species: poor ability to cope with the external environment, reduced central nervous system plagued by mental abnormalities, gastrointestinal and metabolic deficiencies including reduced dentition, and musculoskeletal limitations. Since the process of autodomestication is continuing, these disadvantages will increase in future generations. At this stage of our bio-cultural evolution, we are being confronted by a pandemic of mental disorders which we are ill-equipped to address. This paper briefly discusses reasons why modern humans are more susceptible to mental disorders due to auto-domestication.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > General Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Medicine
Language:English
Date:1 July 2022
Deposited On:12 Jan 2023 08:22
Last Modified:27 Feb 2024 02:56
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0306-9877
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2022.110874
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