Our mental life is composed of significant events we experience, shared with significant people, in specific places. Traditional cognitive science endeavoured to isolate experimentally testable subcomponents of these experiences, loosing their integrative value. Clinical psychologists developed inspirational concepts the human self and its mental phenomena, yet lacking rigorous experimental and structural settings. In the neuropsychiatry lab memory research is extended to base the fluency of mental phenomena on a strong cognitive and clinical ground. We explore the multi-dimensionality of mental life, as well as their breakdown in memory disorders (especially Alzheimer’s disease) and dissociative states. We use computational tools and functional imaging applied on healthy subjects in meticulous real-life experimental conditions as well as on neuropsychiatric patients in acute and chronic stages. We develop new concepts, new computational methods and new clinical tools for the benefit of both science and patients.
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