Brage Kraft

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Psychology
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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences

Academic interests

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Rumination and worry

  • How mood affects attention and vica versa

  • Neurocognitive and clinical models of depression and anxiety

  • Metacognitive theory and therapy

Research project

I'm examining why many formerly depressed experience a relapse of depression. In a 12 month follow-up study, 300 - 400 formerly depressed are recruited from outpatient clinics in Oslo and examined regularly. In this period, we assess the participants’ thoughts, feelings, depressive symptoms, cortisol response, a gene variant, and we conduct a MRI scan. Participants are also carrying out a computer task which assess how they direct their attention.

Specifically, I want to understand how the interaction of depressive rumination, metacognitions, emotion regulation strategies, and attention causes depressive relapse. Additionally, I’m planning to use eye tracking to assess how participants direct their attention when they experience depressed mood/are ruminating. 

We think that changes in participants’ thoughts and feelings, stress response, neurobiological function, etc. influence how attention is directed, and vica versa, and that this is causing depressive symptoms. The goal of the project is to understand depression better, so treatment can be improved and relapse prevented.

Background

2015 -          | PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, UiO

2015 -          | Psychologist, Oslo psykologklinikk

2014 - 2015 | Psychologist at Department of Psychiatry Lier, Vestre Viken

2013 - 2014 | Psychologist at Child- and adolescent psychiatric outpatient clinic Ringerike, Vestre Viken

2008 - 2012 | Educated psychologist at the Department of Psychology, UiO.

 

Tags: Clinical psychology and personality psychology, Cognitive psychology, Cognitive neuroscience

Publications

  • Kraft, Brage; Jonassen, Rune; Stiles, Tore Charles & Landrø, Nils Inge (2017). Dysfunctional Metacognitive Beliefs Are Associated with Decreased Executive Control. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078. . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00593

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  • Jonassen, Rune; Hilland, Eva; Harmer, Catherine; Berge, Torkil; Maglanoc, Luigi Angelo; Kraft, Brage; Stiles, Tore Charles; Haaland Øksendal, Vegard & Landrø, Nils Inge (2016). Attention bias modification reduces symptom severity in Major Depression. Preliminary analysis from an ongoing longitudinal RCT study.

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Published Nov. 18, 2015 8:35 AM - Last modified Jan. 18, 2016 10:22 AM