I am an international PhD student from Indonesia. It is always been my dream to study an advanced clinical treatment in my home country, which is exactly what I am doing right now. However, the struggle to stand on two different continents to make my research happen… is real.
Internationalization is hot, and our university is working hard to set up collaborations with universities in other countries, of which India is seemingly going to be one of them. A brief report to get a flavour of my first experience at Thapar University in Patiala, India.
One Monday in mid-to-late January is said to be the most depressing day of the year. For the past 12 years, a Welsh psychologist has been associated with this day. He has become known as the brain behind Blue Monday, allegedly developing the formula used to calculate the date. But what is the real story, and how has it developed over time?
In 2014, my collaborators and I published a post on Mindwise entitled: “What are you thinking right now? On the topic of metacognition”, in which we discussed what metacognition is considered to be (‘thinking about thinking’) and how metacognition may play a role in different kinds of psychopathology. In this post, we seek to delve a little deeper by applying the model to disorders in the psychosis spectrum.
In a recent literature review my co-authors and I compared the symptoms and causes of schizophrenia spectrum disorders and dissociative disorders. The results show the limitations of categorical models of psychopathology (e.g. DSM-5) compared to models that view symptoms as extremes of normal behavior, and models emphasizing that symptoms can cause other symptoms.
Throughout history, many great religious leaders such as Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed claimed to hear voices not heard by others. How do religious and spiritual practices relate to hearing voices nowadays? I had the opportunity to explore this in an adolescent sample during my PhD project.
While an acute decrease in brain serotonin may have few effects on social behaviour, a longer-term increase in serotonin in individuals at risk for depression improves mood and alters social behaviour. This Thursday, February 4, 2016, Koen Hogenelst defends his dissertation, in which he explains the relevance of his research findings for the effectiveness of serotonergic medications for depression.
Do you sometimes feel that after a bad night sleep, you cannot take in anything that is being said during a lecture? If so, then maybe you can imagine the rising concern that patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) might not benefit from trauma-focused treatment if they also suffer from sleep difficulties. I dug into this issue to figure out whether this concern was justified.
The recent Noorderlicht Photo Festival featured a series of photos on people using smartphone apps for tracking their mood, sleep, et cetera, sometimes for years. Ecological momentary assessment is a related psychological method for studying people in their natural environments rather than in the laboratory.