Social Context of Psychosis: Epidemiology Meets Virtual Reality

Lecture
Speaker: Wim Veling, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University Medical Center, Groningen, The Netherlands

Epidemiological studies have shown that the social environment shapes risk of onset and course of psychotic disorders. It is difficult to investigate which aspects of the social environment contribute to the onset of psychotic symptoms and how individual characteristics moderate this outcome, as daily social environments are complex, never exactly the same, strongly influenced by the individual’s behavior or presence of an observer, and cannot be controlled. Virtual Reality technology offers the possibility to explore mechanisms and subsequently develop novel treatments.

Co-sponsored by the Imprints Center for Genetic and Environmental Lifecourse Studies (a collaboration of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute) and the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program (PET).