LCN2 Seminar: Network psychometrics: using network models to understand psychological constructs like personality, cognition, and mental illness
- Friday 29 January 2021
- Kaltura Live Room
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42nd LCN2 seminar
Speaker: Eiko Fried
Title: Network psychometrics: using network models to understand psychological constructs like personality, cognition, and mental illness
In the last decade, the so-called network approach to psychopathology has received considerable recognition and attention in clinical psychology, psychiatry, and epidemiology. This framework conceptualizes mental disorders like depression (and other psychological constructs such as personality or cognitive abilities) as emergent properties that arise out of interactions among constituent elements; in the case of depression, these elements can be symptoms such as sadness, insomnia, fatigue, and concentration problems. The framework encompasses both theoretical developments, such as formalized computational models, as well as statistical developments, such as network psychometrics: an emerging discipline related to structural equation modeling that allows the estimation of networks in psychological data. In this talk, I will provide a primer on network theory and network modeling in the realm of psychology, with an applied focus on mental disorders.
About the LCN2 seminar
This talk is part of a series of seminars organized within an ongoing scientific initiative called the "Leiden Complex Networks Network" (LCN2), which brings together scientists with a common interest in both theoretical models and empirical analyses of complex networks and random graphs. The LCN2 community shares the approach of using networks for describing real-world complex systems and aims at developing related analytical and numerical methods, while also being open to other research approaches for studying complex systems. The talks are designed for a broad audience, allowing for constructive exchanges of ideas between scientists from different disciplines. During and after the talk, some drinks and simple snacks are provided.