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ProjectA Model of the Mind which Explains the Role of Emotions in Normal Cognition and Affective Disorder
ResearchersDr Philip Gerrans & Dr J Hohwy
Funding SourceAustralian Research Council Discovery Project
SummaryDepression is recognised as one of the most burdensome diseases in Australia. Though we of course make no claims, as philosophers, to cure depression our contribution is to engage philosophy productively with a vital national area of empirical research. The other area of national benefit is to consolidate Australia's developing reputation as a site for the involvement of philosophy in interdisciplinary projects which link the humanities to the sciences. Furthermore, with the project's anchoring in the humanities, there is hope that a focus on, and increased understanding of, depression will have flow-on effects in the Australian community that will help ease the stigmatisation that is still felt by many of its sufferers. 
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