Experimental psychopathology

PI: Natacha Deroost

 

C4N Researcher: Kris Baetens

 

Clinical Experimental Psychology focuses on the experimental study of cognition in psychopathology. Our main research topics are:

 

  1. Cognition in Parkinson’s disease

In collaboration with Eric Kerckhofs of the Department of Neurological Rehabilitation

Our main aim is to develop an empirical model that predicts the development of cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease. More particularly, we focus on how disturbances in automaticity and cognitive control contribute to cognitive deterioration in Parkinson’s disease. In the long term, we aim to identify evidence-based predictors for cognitive rehabilitation based on innovative compensation strategies and neurostimulation, such as tDCS.

  1. Cognition and affective psychology

We investigate the relationship between cognitive processes and affective symptoms. One line of research determines how repetitive negative thought, such as rumination and worry, contribute to affective symptoms. Another line of research, in collaboration with Renata Cserjesi of the Department of Affective Psychology of the Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), focuses on cognitive distortions in disturbed eating, such as emotional eating. A third line of research in collaboration with Elke Van Hoof of the Department of Clinical and Life Span Psychology, investigates whether people with high sensitivity (HSP) process incoming information differently and/or more elaborated, and determines to what extent this can account for the affective symptoms frequently observed in HSP.