- Mechanisms of mental imagery
- Psychophysiology of mental imagery
- Psychopathology of depression
How can we apply our understanding of mental imagery and its underlying mechanisms to enhance existing treatments of depression? Which patients might benefit most from the use of (which kind of) mental imagery training? In my research, I try to find answers to these questions by using an experimental psychopathology framework. A particular focus is placed on the role of anhedonia in the context of Behavioral Activation. In our studies, we use guided imagery scripts of everyday activities to increase motivation for, anticipated pleasure from and actual engagement in those activities. Apart from self-report measures, we are also interested in psychophysiological markers of mental imagery (e.g. heart rate).
- Web-based Imagery Behavioural Activation
- Mental Imagery as Reward Amplifier
- Reward Imagery as Motivational Amplifier