Brain and Mind in Psychiatry? Presuppositions of Cognitive Ontology

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Psychiatric diagnosis and research is hampered by problems in nosological classification. Recent development has seen the suggestion of dimensionally-based classification systems like the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and cognitive ontology (CO), with the latter being developed by Bilder in his chapter. I here discuss some usually tacit or implicit presuppositions of CO concerning brain and mind. I conclude that, despite shifting from an entity-based approach (as in the DSM) to a dimensional approach, the cognitive ontology project still encounters the problem of connecting neuronal changes to psychopathological symptoms and, more generally, brain and mind.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLevels of Analysis in Psychopathology
Subtitle of host publicationCross-Disciplinary Perspectives
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781108750349
ISBN (Print)9781108485197
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Brain
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive ontology
  • Psychiatric symptoms
  • Research Domains Criteria (RDoC)
  • Resting state
  • Spatiotemporal dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine
  • General Arts and Humanities


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