A mechanism of behavioral organization and its breakdown in psychiatric disorders: Towards a novel and objective diagnosis
|Graduate School of Engineering Science|
An alteration of spontaneous physical activity (locomotor activity) is one of the cardinal signs in psychiatric disorders, suggestive of a breakdown of dynamical systems organizing human behaviors. In this project, we therefore study dynamical properties of locomotor activity measured continuously in daily life and reveal an underlying principle governing behavioral organization. Furthermore, through the understanding of a mechanism of its breakdown in patients with psychiatric disorder (i.e. major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia), we develop a novel and objective diagnostic method for early detection of alterations in pathological states or pathogenesis of the disorders.
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