The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a consolidator grant to Denny Borsboom to support the psychosystems project. The project, which is entitled “Psychosystems: Consolidating Network Approaches to Psychopathology”, is designed to further develop the theory and methodology of networks for mental disorders. The ERC will support the project for five years, allowing us to launch a number of new postdoc and PhD projects.
We are happy to welcome four new Ph.D. researchers into the network community:
- Marie Deserno will investigate determinants of success and problems in Autism, in the context of a project organized by the Academische Werkplaats Autisme. The project is supervised by Hilde Geurts, Sander Begeer, and Denny Borsboom.
- Riet van Bork will investigate methodologies suited to distinguish between network and latent variable explanations of symptom covariation. The project is funded partly by a European Commission Career Integration Grant awarded to Mijke Rhemtulla, who will supervise the project together with Denny Borsboom.
- Jonas Dalege will develop network models for the structure and dynamics of attitudes in a project that involves a collaboration between the Psychological Methods and Social Psychology groups at the University of Amsterdam. The project is supervised by Frenk van Harreveld, Han van der Maas, and Denny Borsboom.
- Merijn Mestdagh will develop time series models for nonlinear networks that involve large number of variables at the K.U. Leuven in a Ph. D. project awarded by the Flemish Organization for Scientific Research (FWO). The project is supervised by Francis Tuerlinckx and Denny Borsboom.
A very successful round of 2014 NWO grant applications for network researchers!
Our own Angélique Cramer received a Veni grant to further develop network methodology and apply that to mood disorders:
- Network psychometrics: methods for exposing the architecture and dynamics of mood disorders
Dr A.O.J. (Angélique) Cramer (f), University of Amsterdam – Psychometrics
In the network approach a psychological disorder is a consequence of interactions between symptoms (gloomy and fretting). In this proposal methods to construct and analyse these networks will be further developed. Subsequently the networks of patients with mood disorders will be investigated: for example, can we predict when the patient will experience a relapse?
Hanneke Wigman of Groningen University received a Veni grant to investigate symptom networks in the etiology of psychosis:
- Networks of symptoms in psychosis
Dr J.T.W. (Hanneke) Wigman (f), University Medical Centre Groningen – Psychiatry
The researcher will study the development of psychoses (a lost sense of reality) by describing networks of early symptoms and by examining per person how these symptoms influence each other. This will help to develop personalised treatment recommendations.
Annemarie Kalis of Utrecht University received a Veni grant to investigate the role of mental content in empirical psychological research, one subproject of which is devoted to network models:
- A role for content and mental causation in empirical psychology
Dr A. Kalis (f), Utrecht University – Philosophy
Many mental states have content: our convictions, desires, intentions ‘are all about something’. Empirical psychology, however, scarcely offers space for the notion of content. This project will develop a philosophical analysis that shows how mental content can and should play a role in in empirical psychological research.