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Emily Hunt
PY4 Abnormal Psychology

Explanations of the Aetiologies of Schizophrenia
WJEC POTIENTIAL question: Discuss the aetiologies of Schizophrenia either physiological or
psychological explanations (They can ask you about one or both).

Psychological Explanations
Schizophrenia is the attempt of the ego to re gain control, it reverts people back…

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Emily Hunt
PY4 Abnormal Psychology

Explains why the symptoms occur


Reductionist, doesn't look at anything other than empirical data

Physiological Explanations
Enlarged ventricles
Schizaphrenics have 15% bigger ventricles, spaces in the brain. Showing difficulties, during the
development of the brain.


Scientific, empirical data



Dopamine Hypothesis


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