Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a chronic condition, characterized by emotional, physical, motivational and cognitive symptoms. In terms of cognitive abilities, inhibitory control, the executive function process which allows us to maintain goal-directed behavior while ignoring distractions, is considered a key, and even causal factor, in depression. Despite its significance for depression, we still lack the knowledge about the variation in inhibitory control in daily life, and the link between inhibitory control and ecological, daily variations, in mood.
The current project will use a mobile app (‘Moodify’) to monitor and track, ecologically, participants’ mood, and measure the link between mood variations and inhibitory control. Inhibitory control is measured using various tasks, including multiple object tracking, Stroop task and a Go/No-Go task.
Collaborators: Prof. Omer Bonne (Hadassah Psychiatry); Posit Science Corporation