Biological Psychology and Experimental Psychiatry (28-29 October 2021)
EPP Symposium 140

Most researchers working in the field of biological psychology and psychiatry assume that biological mechanisms underlie (symptoms of) mental disorders. Many also hold a reductionist view, that is, they believe that by breaking a system apart to study its individual components we can understand and predict the system’s behavior as a whole. Fueled by technical advances, the last few decades have witnessed a surge in efforts aimed at elucidating biological mechanisms (genes, cells, neural networks) underlying psychopathology, in order to predict – and in the future possibly even define – mental disorders. However, so far, it has been difficult to find clinically useful biomarkers. Some argue that this is because of the limitations of currently available methods and data, while others argue that the prevailing conceptualizations of mental disorders are simply too reductionist, and the quest for meaningful biomarkers is fundamentally flawed. This symposium presents different viewpoints on biological reductionism, supported by state-of-the-art empirical research. The aim is to inspire future scholars to reflect critically on the question to what degree biological reductionism can contribute to our understanding and treatment of mental disorders.

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October 28-29, 2021

Kapellerput Heeze, The Netherlands


Lotte Gerritsen, Renée Visser, Gaëtan Mertens



October 28


10.30 – 11.00 Introduction + Coffee/Tea
11.00 – 12.00 Carmine Pariante – Preliminary title: TBA
12.00 – 12.30 PhD presentation – Speaker to be announced
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Tinca Polderman – Preliminary title: TBA
14.30 – 15.30 Silvia Papalini – The relation between Research Domain Criteria and Experimental Psychopathology
15:30 – 15:45 Short break
15:45 – 16:15 Interactive session part A
16.15 – 16.45 PhD presentation – Speaker to be announced
16:45 – 17:15 PhD presentation – Speaker to be announced
17.15 – 18.00 Drinks
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
20.30 – late Socializing



October 29


09.00 – 10.00 Miquel Angel Fullana – Biomarkers in mental health: hope or hype? The example of fear extinction
10.00 – 10.45 Interactive session part B
10.45 – 11.00 Short break – Coffee/Tea
11.00 – 12.00 Interactive session part C
12:00 – 12.30 PhD presentation – Speaker to be announced
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.00 Synthesis of the interactive sessions
14.00 – 15.00 Floortje Scheepers – Preliminary title: TBA
15.00 – 15.15 Closure

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