Mapping the interplay between cognitive biases and impaired reappraisal: An integrative approach towards understanding cognitive risk factors for depression. Ghent University
Depression is among the most debilitating of all mental disorders. Understanding its multifactorial nature presents one of the biggest challenges to improve the current treatments. Our project aims to advance this understanding by mapping the interplay among several key cognitive risk factors for depression. Under scrutiny are cognitive biases in attention, interpretation, and memory that result in the exaggerated processing of negative ...
"You've been defriended": The influence of social media on self- esteem (in)stability and depression vulnerability Ghent University
Given the growing popularity of social networking sites, it is important to comprehend the psychological Consequences of their use. Therefore, we investigate the reciprocal relationship between Facebook use and self esteem instability in relation to vulnerability for depression. By means of correlational, prospective and experimental research we aim to develop a theoretical framework to map the underlying processes and mechanisms.
Cognitive vulnerability to recurrent depression and the default mode network: a cognitive neuroscience investigation Ghent University
A substantial proportion of remitted depressed individuals will experience the recurrence of depressive episodes. It is thought that depressive episodes are associated with a decline in cognitive control that causes emotion regulation impairments. This hypothesis is investigated using cognitive neuroscience methodology examining functional connectivity of cognition and emotion interactions in the brain in resting state.
The proposal aims to examine (a) interpersonal emotion regulation strategies (IERS) in couples facing perinatal depression), (b) which of these IERS are (mal)adaptive, and (3) the interplay between IERS and other psychosocial risk factors. We will therefore use a combination of Multi-Family-Member Interviews, a questionnaire study, and a prospective ESM study, within samples of couples facing perinatal depression.
A cognitive-neuropsychological approach to investigate attentional processes in depression Ghent University
The aim of this project is to investigate the cognitive-neuropsychological mechanisms underlying attentional shifting in depression. A Garner paradigm will be developed to explore attentional shifting. The neuropsychological correlates associated with this attentional problems will be investigated with Event-Related Potentials (ERP). In this project it will also be investigated if attentional shifting can be considered as a cognitive ...
Vulnerability for depression during the life span: the influence of time perspective on attentional bias for negative versus positive interpersonal information Ghent University
This project investigates the relationship between time perspective, attentional bias for affective stimuli and mood in a life span perspective. Because attentional bias is a vulnerability factor for depression, and because it is a bias that occurs at later stages of information processing, it is clinically relevant to investigate which top-down processes influence this bias, to underpin possible therapeutic interventions.
Depression in early adolescence: the relationship between emotion and cognitive control processes Ghent University
In this study we suggest that executive control deficits could be an important underlying mechanism of the difficulties in information processing and the perturbed emotion regulation that characterizes MDD. Therefore it is the central goal of the current project to investigate cognitive processing of emotional material in depressed adolescents using different experimental paradigms targeting inhibition, updating, attentional control and ...