Network approaches to psychopathology

Paul-B.-Baltes Lecture

08. Oktober 2018

Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Leibniz-Saal, Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin

Die Paul B. Baltes-Lecture geht auf eine gemeinsame Initiative der Psychologie-Institute in Berlin und Potsdam zurück (Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität, Technische Universität, Universität Potsdam, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung). Sie ehrt Paul B. Baltes, den ehemaligen Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung in Berlin, für seine herausragenden Beiträge zur Psychologie der Lebensspanne sowie für seine Verdienste um die psychologische Forschung im Berlin-Potsdamer Raum.

Network approaches to psychopathology
Network approaches to psychopathology

In the network approach to psychopathology, mental disorders arise from causal connections between symptoms. This conceptualization offers novel perspectives on the theoretical status of mental disorders: instead of cleanly separable categories that reflect central neural or psychological deficits, disorders arise from symptom networks that are so tightly connected that they can sustain their own activity. This conceptual framework has led to the development of innovative approaches to both the analysis of research data and the organization of treatment interventions, primarily through the application of network analysis: a set of techniques that offers powerful tools to study the dynamics of interconnected systems, to analyze the architecture of networks involving large numbers of entities (e.g., neurons, people, genes, symptoms), and to visualize connectivity structures in such networks. In the present talk, I will give an overview of the most important insights and results that have arisen from the network analysis, and will discuss future directions of the approach.



Denny Borsboom

University of Amsterdam

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