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Positive Valence Domain Subcommittee


The Changes to the Matrix (CMAT) workgroup was approved by the NAMHC at the September 2016 meeting. The purpose of the CMAT workgroup is to evaluate the evidence for a modification of the matrix and recommend precisely how to include the information for that component.

The Positive Valence Domain subcommittee’s main goal was a reorganization of constructs within the domain. A group of experts that participated in the 2016 workshop focused on recommending RDoC Tasks & Measures noted that there would likely be a need for further updating of the constructs within this doman. Specifically, the proposed changes center on making the positive valence domain constructs more straightforward and aligning more closely with relevant data stemming from areas such as reinforcement learning, reward prediction errors, and response to reward. This group was disbanded after their report was accepted by the NAMHC.


CMAT Members
Deanna M. Barch, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Washington University
Francisco Xavier Castellanos, M.D., New York University

Mauricio Delgado, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Paul Glimcher, Ph.D., New York University
Greg Hajcak, Ph.D., Florida State University
Diego Pizzagalli, Ph.D., Chair, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Michael Treadway, Ph.D., Emory University
Ben Yerys, Ph.D., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


This Positive Valence Domain Subcommitee report, RDoC Changes to the Matrix CMAT Workgroup Update: Proposed Positive Valence Domain Revisions, was approved by the NAMHC at the May, 2018 meeting.