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A New Understanding of Mental Disorders: Computational Models for Dimensional Psychiatry

Andreas Heinz


For many psychiatric disorders, neurobiological findings do not help to diagnose a specific disease or to predict its outcome. This book suggests to take a new look at mental disorders by using computational models to better understand human decision making. It shows how such models can be applied to basic learning mechanisms that cut across established nosological boundaries of mental disorders. Such a computational and dimensional approach focuses on the malleability of human behavior and its biological underpinnings. The book argues that this computational and dimensional approach can help ... More

Keywords: dimensional psychiatry, computational neuroscience, reinforcement learning, dopamine, serotonin, philosophical anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036894
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Heinz, author
Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin