Harrison LA, Kats A, Williams ME, Aziz-Zadeh L. The Importance of Sensory Processing in Mental Health: A Proposed Addition to the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Suggestions for RDoC 2.0. Front Psychol. 2019 Feb 5;10:103. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00103. PMID: 30804830; PMCID: PMC6370662.
Summary of the article
This article introduces the Institute of Mental Health’s Research Domain Criteria, a multi-dimensional framework for characterising mental functioning in health and disease.
Besides its benefits in understanding the classification of mental health conditions, and usefulness in research contexts, this article offers definitions and grounding of sensory processing in neuroanatomy and physiology. The article demonstrates how abnormalities in sensory processing and sensitivity link to impairments noted in various mental health conditions including ASD, Depression, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorder amongst others. It goes on to suggest that sensory abnormalities may even serve as biomarkers to assist in appropriate diagnosis of mental health disorders.