Talking to Laura Bringmann: ESM data, network models, & an exciting project

I was visiting University of Groningen a few days ago for an interdisciplinary meeting about the gap between clinical practice and methodology, and ran into Dr Laura Bringmann who I know well from our time together at University of Leuven. Since Laura and colleagues (i.e. Casper Albers, Jojanneke Bastiaansen, and …

Public dataset with 1478 timepoints over 239 consecutive days

A new paper entitled “Data from ‘Critical Slowing Down as a Personalized Early Warning Signal for Depression’” was published by Jolanda Kossakowski and colleagues yesterday. The paper was published in the new Journal of Open Psychology Data that you may want to keep an eye on. They publish datasets, which …

Mplus 8.0 with Dynamic Structural Equation Models

Most of you know Mplus, a statistical software that is considered by many to be state-of-the-art for Structural Equation Models (SEM). The network literature on psychopathology so far has been dominated by R, for instance when estimating cross-sectional network models via the packages qgraph, IsingFit, mgm, or bootnet, or time-series …

New “Psychological Dynamics” Facebook group

Sacha Epskamp had the great idea to create the public Facebook group Psychological Dynamics. The group serves as a central place to share and discuss news, blogs and publications related, but not limited to, psychological research on dynamical systems, complex systems, network models, time-series analysis, causal discovery and phase transitions. …

Dynamical systems study follows 1 psychotic patient for 1 full year

When we recently submitted a review paper on empirical network studies in psychopathology, we realized that the majority of prior papers had focused on the analyses of groups, e.g. depressed patients, psychotic patients, or people with autism. Fewer studies had looked into the question of the dynamic character of symptoms …

Bringmann’s dissertation on dynamical networks in psychology

You’ve probably heard about Laura Bringmann: among other things, she developed the multilevel extension of the vector autoregressive network model many of us are using today, and was the first to apply it to psychopathological data (e.g., 1, 2). Laura defended her PhD “Dynamical networks in psychology: More than a …

Network Analysis Workshop: all materials freely available online

This year, we were invited to give a number of network analysis workshops for psychological data. Most of these I gave together with my fantastic colleagues Marie Deserno and Sacha Epskamp. The majority of the workshops covered network estimation, network inference, and network accuracy for between-subjects cross-sectional networks and time-series …