Disturbed by Flashbacks: A Controlled Adaptive Network Model Addressing Mental Models for Flashbacks from PTSD

Laila van Ments*, Jan Treur

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this chapter, a second-order adaptive network model is introduced for a number of phenomena that occur in the context of PTSD. First of all the model covers simulation of the formation of a mental model of a traumatic course of events and its emotional responses that make replay of flashback movies happen. Secondly, it addresses learning processes of how a stimulus can become a trigger to activate this acquired mental model. Furthermore, the influence of therapy on the ability of an individual to learn to control the emotional responses to the traumatic mental model was modeled. Finally, a form of second-order adaptation was covered to unblock and activate this learning ability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMental Models and their Dynamics, Adaptation and Control
Subtitle of host publicationA Self-Modeling Network Modeling Approach
EditorsJan Treur, Laila Van Ments
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Pages99-116
Number of pages18
Volume394
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Publication series

NameStudies in Systems, Decision and Control
Volume394
ISSN (Print)2198-4182
ISSN (Electronic)2198-4190

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Keywords

  • Flashback movie
  • Higher-order adaptive
  • Mental model
  • PTSD

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