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date: 27 May 2020

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Experimental psychopathology represents a subfield of psychological science aimed at elucidating the processes underlying abnormal behavior. The present chapter provides a synopsis of key elements of experimental psychopathology research and its methods. In the first section, we define experimental psychopathology research and briefly articulate its origins. Second, we present the methodological approaches employed in experimental psychopathology research. Third, we present some of the molar conceptual considerations for the assessment approaches in experimental psychopathology research. In the final section, we describe some key challenges to experimental psychopathology research as well as potentially useful strategies recommended for overcoming such challenges.

Keywords: Experimental psychopathology, laboratory, mechanism, laboratory models, translational

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