The Psychosystems Lab conceptualizes and models psychological constructs as systems of interacting components. These components can be symptoms of mental disorders, beliefs and affect states that form attitudes, or cognitive abilities that comprise intelligence. As such, the dynamics of psychological phenomena do not arise from any individual elements, but rather emerge through their collective interactions in a network structure, thereby forming a complex whole. These complex psychological systems – “psychosystems” – are best understood in terms of the relationships between the individual elements.
Research performed within the Psychosystems group is dedicated to developing new methodologies to study, model, and theorize psychological phenomena as psychosystems. Specifically, it aims to provide psychological researchers with both statistical methods for data analysis and methodological tools for formal modelling and theory construction. More information about the underlying lines of research within Psychosystems can be found under Research Groups.