Disorders and Coherence of the Embodied Self (DISCOS) Project
PI: Thomas Fuchs
PI for London site: Peter Fonagy
The DISCOS project, which is funded by a three million euro EU Marie Curie Research Training Award, is a partnership that involves nine sites across Europe, including the Anna Freud Centre. The Centre's participation is comprised of various studies, as outlined below.
Taking its lead from studies carried out in Budapest at the Institute for Psychological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the London DISCOS Project comprises a number of major developmental studies that will explore the development of social cognition in early childhood and adolescence (i.e. how children and adolescents become increasingly aware of their social, as well as individual, existence). This study will use a range of methodologies including the assessment of attachment in infancy, Child Attachment Interview (CAI) and the Adolescent Attachment Interview, together with a number of theory of mind tasks and behavioural measures of mentalization such as contingent responding. We will also apply modern electrophysiological methods (dense array EEG) to look at the association of brain maturation and reactivity with the emergence of the social-emotional self.
The project will pay particular attention to investigating possible links between the childhood and adolescent antecedents of borderline personality disorder and developmental deficits in mentalization associated with childhood and adolescent trauma. We are particularly concerned to understand better how trauma can potentially undermine the appropriate functioning of the social brain. That is, we will assess whether borderline personality disorder is associated with early problems with mentalization which in turn might create a vulnerability to trauma.
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Publications on DISCOS
Fuchs, Thomas / Sattel, Heribert / Henningsen, Peter (Eds.)
The Embodied Self - Dimensions, Coherence and Disorders
With contributions from:
Dan Zahavi, Sanneke de Haan, Olaf Blanke and Thomas Metzinger, Adrian J. T. Smith, Daniel D. Hutto, Joel Krueger, Lorna Lees-Grossmann, Vittorio Gallese, Athena Demertzi, Steven Laureys, Rachel Wood, Yves Rossetti, Nicholas Holmes, Gilles Rode and Alessandro Farné, Silvia Salerno, György Gergely, Orsolya Koós and John S. Watson, Ernö Téglás and Ágnes M. Kovács, Hanne De Jaegher and Thomas Fuch, Philippe Rochat, Peter Hobson, Miko?aj Hernik, Josef Parnas and Louis A. Sass, Andrea Raballo, Gerd Rudolf, Peter Fonagy and Patrick Luyten, Tarik Bel-Bahar and Alex Desiatnikov, Alena Streltsova, Peter Henningsen, Alex R. López-Rolón