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A New Understanding of Mental DisordersComputational Models for Dimensional Psychiatry$
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Andreas Heinz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036894

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036894.001.0001

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How a Focus on Learning Mechanisms Can Change Our Understanding of Mental Disorders

How a Focus on Learning Mechanisms Can Change Our Understanding of Mental Disorders

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(p.163) 10 How a Focus on Learning Mechanisms Can Change Our Understanding of Mental Disorders
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A New Understanding of Mental Disorders
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Andreas Heinz

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036894.003.0010

The last chapter summarizes the previous findings and suggests that focusing on learning mechanisms can help to appreciate the malleability and diversity of human behavior. It is suggested that dimensional and computational approaches can foster a new understanding of mental disorders and create classifications based on basic dimensions of human learning and decision making. This chapter emphasizes that a focus on learning mechanisms should help to reduce the stigma of mental disorders, as it emphasized human creativity and resilience when dealing with stressful situations.

Keywords:   Human behaviour, Dimensional approaches, Computational approaches, Mental disorders, Classification, Learning mechanisms, Stigma, creativity

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