Computational psychiatry holds promise for basic research and clinical practice in safeguarding mental health. In this Comment, we discuss why China needs computational psychiatry, why its development in China will benefit the field globally, and the challenges of promoting computational psychiatry in China and how to tackle them.
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X.H. is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 31922089, 321791056), General Research Fund (no. 17601318) of Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province of China (no. 2019A050510048) and Key Realm R&D Program of Guangzhou (no. 20200703005). L.Z. was partially supported by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF VRG13-007) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF-M3166). R.-Y.Z. was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (32100901), Shanghai Pujiang programme (21PJ1407800), Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (21ZR1434700), the Research Project of Shanghai Science and Technology Commission (20dz2260300) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities. Y.L. was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (82001445). R.C.K.C was supported by the Jiangsu Provincial Key Research and Development Program (BE2020661), Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, and the Philip K. H. Wong Foundation. J.C. was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (2021YFC2502200).
The authors declare no competing interests.
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Geng, H., Chen, J., Chuan-Peng, H. et al. Promoting computational psychiatry in China. Nat Hum Behav 6, 615–617 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-022-01328-4
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