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Animal Models in Neuropsychiatry: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Moral Costs?

Figdor, Carrie (2022) Animal Models in Neuropsychiatry: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Moral Costs? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Animal models have long been used to investigate human mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. This practice is usually justified in terms of the benefits (to humans) outweighing the costs (to the animals). I argue on utility maximization grounds that we should phase out animal models in neuropsychiatric research. Our leading theories of how human minds and behavior evolved invoke sociocultural factors whose relation to nonhuman minds, societies, and behavior has not been homologized. Thus it is not at all clear that we are gaining the epistemic or clinical benefits we want from this animal-based research.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Figdor, Carriecarrie-figdor@uiowa.edu0000-0002-1005-4104
Keywords: animal models; psychiatry; neuropsychiatry; animal ethics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr Carrie Figdor
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2022 12:20
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2022 12:20
Item ID: 21224
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21224

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