What's in a model? Network models as tools instead of representations of what psychiatric disorders really are

Hanna M. van Loo*, Jan-Willem Romeijn

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Network models block reductionism about psychiatric disorders only if models are interpreted in a realist manner - that is, taken to represent "what psychiatric disorders really are." A flexible and more instrumentalist view of models is needed to improve our understanding of the heterogeneity and multifactorial character of psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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