• Alternative Perspectives on Psychiatric Validation: Dsm, Icd, Rdoc, and Beyond (edited book)
    with Peter Zachar, Drozdstoj St Stoyanov, and Assen Jablensky
    Oxford University Press. 2014.
    In this important new book in the IPPP series, a group of leading thinkers in psychiatry, psychology, and philosophy offer alternative perspectives that address both the scientific and clinical aspects of psychiatric validation, emphasizing throughout their philosophical and historical considerations.
    Psychiatria Danubina 23 (3): 223-225. 2011.
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    Epistemological reflections about the crisis of the DSM-5 and the revolutionary potential of the RDoC project
    Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 7 (1): 11-20. 2014.
    This paper tests the predictions of an epistemological model that considered the DSM psychiatric classification (in the neopositivist and neo-Kraepelinian shape introduced by the DSM-III) as a scientific paradigm in crisis. As predicted, the DSM-5 did not include revolutionary proposals in its basic structure. In particular, the possibility of a dimensional revolution has not occurred and early proposals of etiopathogenic diagnoses were not implemented due to lack of specific knowledge in that f…Read more
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    The concept of mental disorder and the DSM-V
    Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 2 (1): 1-14. 2009.
    In view of the publication of the DSM-V researchers were asked to discuss the theoretical implications of the definition of mental disorders. The reasons for the use, in the DSM-III, of the term disorder instead of disease are considered. The analysis of these reasons clarifies the distinction between the general definition of disorder and its implicit, technical meaning which arises from concrete use in DSM disorders. The characteristics and limits of this technical meaning are discussed and c…Read more
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    This paper presents the main contents of Geiger’s 1910 lecture on empathy and focuses on its possible influence on Jaspers’ General Psychopathology. In particular, some key methodological distinctions traced by Jaspers are compared to Geiger’s similar concepts. Geiger’s role in shaping Jaspers’ concept of understanding is still neglected and it is time to recognize it. In particular, Geiger’s distinction between the direct empathy for the other’s expressions at one side, and the ‘reliving after …Read more
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    1913-2013: one hundred years of General Psychopathology - A centenary celebration at the Roman Circle of Psychopathology, February, 27th 2013
    with Fabio Di Fabio and Enrico Rosini
    Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 6 (2): 57-66. 2013.
    2013 sees the centenary of Jaspers' foundation of psychopathology as a science in its own right. The general sense of the General Psychopathology and its specific contribution are discussed. In particular, the lecture focuses on three major contributions: the methodological import (Jaspers perspectivism), the importance to study subjective experiences scientifically (Jaspers' phenomenology), and the concept of understanding. Three psychiatrists with partly different theoretical background discus…Read more
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    Psychopathology, body uneasiness and self-identity in patients with non-BED obesity compared to healthy controls
    with Anna Maria Petta, Pietro Zingaretti, Cristina Ottaviani, Gabriella Antonucci, Antonio Sarnicola, and Grazia Fernanda Spitoni
    Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 9 (2): 52-61. 2016.
    Introduction: Obesity represents a major public health problem associated with medical and psychological impairment. Obesity is frequently studied with Binge Eating Disorder comorbidity. Less evidence is available for non-BED obesity, in spite of its correlation with psychological impairment and body image disturbance. In this study, we explored psychopathological features, eating behaviors, body image disturbance and self-identity impairment in patients with obesity and a control group. In pati…Read more
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    The "psychosomatic" family system: are families with Eating Disorders more enmeshed and rigid than normal controls?
    with Raffaella Catapano, Camillo Loriedo, and Daniela Alliani
    Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 4 (1): 10-15. 2011.
    Traditionally, the key features of the family system of Eating Disorders have been considered those originally outlined by Minuchin in his description of the "psychosomatic" family patterns of interaction. This controlled study tests two of the principal characteristics of Minuchin's model, namely enmeshment and rigidity, operationalised as extreme cohesion and low adaptability. Perceived and desired cohesion and adaptability, measured with the FACES III, were compared between 30 clinical famili…Read more
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    It is with real pleasure that I present the first issue of Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences. First, without sounding unusual, I want to start with a thank you to the association for intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogues “Crossing Dialogues”.
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    Sometimes it happens that the same concept is discussed independently but, at the same time, in different disciplinary fields. The recent dominance of neuroscientific research has reintroduced into the experimental realm the importance of the experimental subject’s self-evaluation to be correlated to detectable changes into brain activity. For example, the experimental subjects are instructed to press a button or move a finger when they perceive or feel something, or they fill questionnaires sup…Read more