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(p. 79) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Emotion Regulation 

(p. 79) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Emotion Regulation
(p. 79) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Emotion Regulation

Michael Sun

, Meghan Vinograd

, Gregory A. Miller

, and Michelle G. Craske

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date: 20 August 2018

Chapter 5 describes the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) framework as it pertains to emotion regulation, an in-progress research framework mapping psychological constructs onto discrete units of analysis (genes, molecules, cells, brain circuits, physiology, behavior, and self-report). It accommodates contemporary and developing emotion frameworks such as the Bradley-Lang Model and Gross-Ochsner Extended Process Model (EPM), while supplementing the clinically valuable, categorical account of psychological disorders featured in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The RDoC has three objectives: Describing how psychological constructs are implemented mechanistically (biologically), increasing the explanatory ability as to why a biological system or neurobiological structure works, and increasing the predictive validity of pathological phenomena. This multi-componential research framework involves interdisciplinary collaboration to uncover new avenues for exploring the etiology, maintenance, and intervention to address one of the field’s greatest challenges: the effective treatment of emotion dysregulation.

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