spencer fix Posted 11 months ago Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness The viewpoint represented in this talk reflects the excessively high proportion of federal funding that goes to neuroimaging research projects. While I am a graduate student studying cognitive neuroscience (and appreciate research funding for my field), I believe that too much emphasis has been put on medical models of mental health issues. I think understanding the neurophysiology of disease states is important, if not essential. Unfortunately, schizophrenia is quite different from other mental health issues and so it can be problematic to extrapolate successes in that area to other mental disorders. Overreliance on medical models has shown to have a variety of negative consequences. We need to focus on broadening our view of these issues while secondarily working towards early detection. It worries (but does not surprise) me that a psychiatrist is the head of the NIMH.