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MENTAL IMAGERY

The power of imagination – Breaking through behavioural avoidance in depression with mental imagery

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Coordinator
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE 

Organization address
address: TRINITY LANE THE OLD SCHOOLS
city: CAMBRIDGE
postcode: CB2 1TN
website: www.cam.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2018-03-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE UK (CAMBRIDGE) coordinator 73˙295.00
2    MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL UK (SWINDON) participant 122˙159.00

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 Project objective

Mental imagery is the ability of humans to visualize experiences or events in the mind. Mental imagery has recently successfully been applied as a therapeutic tool to treat dysfunctional cognitive processes underlying depression. Besides cognitive dysfunctions, people with depression also have difficulties in engaging in simple behavioural activities such as going outside or meeting friends. I argue that mental imagery can not only enhance cognitive aspects but also the behavioural problems people with depression face by drawing from established behavioural activation treatment principles. This central claim is founded in basic research showing that visualizing oneself engaging in a specific behaviour increases the chances of actually acting out this behaviour. The main research aim is to experimentally test the effects of mental imagery of approach behaviour on activity levels, mood and depressive symptoms in mildly depressed individuals. In an experimental study, participants will be randomized to a training condition or a control condition: the training consists of daily mental imagery of behavioural activities for 7 days and builds on previous ground-breaking work of researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge where I will conduct the study. By working closely together with the supervisor at the host institution, prof. Emily Holmes, the fellowship will enable me to gain new knowledge and to deepen my background and expertise in experimental research designs. I will further broaden my research supervision and management skills through participation in staff development courses offered by the MRC in Cambridge. This newly acquired transferrable knowledge will form the backbone of a future grant application that I will prepare in collaboration with the supervisor towards the end of the fellowship.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Fritz Renner & Emily Holmes
Mental imagery in Cognitive Therapy: Research and examples of imagery-focussed emotion, cognition and behaviour change
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Science and Practice in Cognitive Therapy: Foundations, Mechanisms, and Applications 2019-05-07
2017 Fritz Renner, Julie L. Ji, Arnaud Pictet, Emily A. Holmes, Simon E. Blackwell
Effects of Engaging in Repeated Mental Imagery of Future Positive Events on Behavioural Activation in Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder
published pages: 369-380, ISSN: 0147-5916, DOI: 10.1007/s10608-016-9776-y
Cognitive Therapy and Research 41/3 2019-05-07
2016 Martina Di Simplicio, Fritz Renner, Simon E Blackwell, Heather Mitchell, Hannah J Stratford, Peter Watson, Nick Myers, Anna C Nobre, Alex Lau-Zhu, Emily A Holmes
An investigation of mental imagery in bipolar disorder: Exploring “the mind\'s eye”
published pages: 669-683, ISSN: 1398-5647, DOI: 10.1111/bdi.12453
Bipolar Disorders 18/8 2019-05-07

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