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date: 02 December 2020

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This chapter examines the core explanatory strategies of cognitive science and their application to the study of psychopathology. In addition to providing a taxonomy of different strategies, the chapter illustrates their application, with special attention to autism spectrum disorder and major depressive disorder. It concludes by considering two challenges to the prospects of a developed cognitive science of psychopathology.

Keywords: cognitive science, mechanisms, mechanistic explanation, psychopathology, autism, depression

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