Deep Brain Stimulation

The phenomenology of patients with Deep Brain Stimulation

A grant awarded by the Research Council of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) allowed me to initiate a unique collaboration with Damiaan Denys on the phenomenology of patients with Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Using my central notion of embodied affordance-responsiveness, this research project translates results of my work on unreflective action to the medical practice, aiming ultimately to improve the treatment of patients.

The PhD-students working full-time on this project are Sanneke de Haan and Maarten van Westen, who are embedded at the AMC. Together we are developing a novel affordance-based framework to understand the changes in phenomenology that the patients experience as a result of the DBS-treatment. You can find more information on our project via this link and the selected publications below.

Selected publications (see my pages on philosophy and architecture for more articles):

Rietveld, E., & Martens, J. (2020). Anticipatie, affordances en het brein bij vaardig handelen. In Denys, D. & Meynen G. (eds). Het tweede handboek psychiatrie en filosofie. Amsterdam: Boom uitgevers, pp. 123-138.

Van Westen, M., Rietveld, E., and Denys, D. (2019), Effective Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Requires Clinical Expertise. Front. Psychol. 10:2294.

Kiverstein, J., Rietveld, E., Slagter, H. A., & Denys, D. (2019). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A Pathology of Self-Confidence? Trends in Cognitive Sciences. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2019.02.005

De Haan, S., Rietveld, E., Stokhof, M. & Denys, D. (2017) Becoming more oneself? Changes in personality following DBS treatment for psychiatric disorders: Experiences of OCD patients and general considerations PLoS ONE 12(4). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175748

Kiverstein, J., Rietveld, E. & Denys, D. (2017) Could closed-loop Deep Brain Stimulation enhance a person’s feeling of being free? AJoB, American Journal of Bioethics 8(2), pp. 86–87.

De Haan, S., Rietveld, E., Stokhof, M. & Denys, D. (2015) Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation on the lived experience of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder patients: In-depth interviews with 18 patients. PLoS ONE 10(8), pp. 1-29. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135524.

Van Westen, M., Rietveld, E., Figee, M. & Denys, D. (2015) Clinical outcome and mechanisms of deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports (2), pp. 41-48.

Bruineberg, J. & Rietveld, E. (2014) Self-organization, free energy minimization, and optimal grip on a field of affordances. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8 (599), pp. 1-14.

De Haan, S., Rietveld, E. & Denys, D. (2014) Stimulating good practice: What an EEC approach could actually mean for DBS practice. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience 5 (4), pp. 46-48.

De Haan, S., Rietveld, E., Stokhof, M., & Denys, D. (2013). The phenomenology of deep brain stimulation-induced changes in OCD: An enactive affordance-based model. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7 (653), pp. 1-14.

Rietveld, E., De Haan, S. & Denys, D (2013), Social affordances in context: What is it that we are bodily responsive to? Invited commentary article on Leo Schilbach et al. BBS, Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

De Haan, S., Rietveld, E. & Denys, D. (2013), On the nature of obsessions and compulsions, in Baldwin, D.S. & Leonard, B.E. (eds.) Trends in Pharmacopsychiatry: Anxiety Disorders. To be published by Karger.

De Haan, S, Rietveld, E. & Denys, D. (forthcoming), Being free by losing control: What Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can tell us about free will. In Glannon, W. (ed.) Neuroscientific and Philosophical Perspectives on Free Will. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rietveld, E. (2011), Bekwaam handelen zonder reflectie, in Denys, D. & Meynen G. (eds), Handboek Psychiatrie en Filosofie. Utrecht: De Tijdstroom, pp. 161-173

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