Functional Behavioural Science Laboratory
This lab’s research is primarily based around six core strands:
- Experimental psychopathology: Using Relational Frame Theory and derived stimulus relation we explore how language and cognition function in the development of psychopathology and the underlying processes by which talk therapies and mindfulness-based therapies work.
- Utilising relational frame theory to enhance educational attainment, including the SMART intervention programme. This work has been published in the Journal of Behavioural Education with further manuscripts under preparation.
- Cognitive psychology research on attention, problem-solving, and decision making. Our cognitive work on attention, attentional bias, and decision making has been published in Consciousness and Cognition, the British Journal of Psychology, and Learning and Behaviour.
- The development and application of a behavioural test of implicit cognition and attitudes, the Function Acquisition Speed Test. This work has been published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour and The Psychological Record.
- Ostracism/Social exclusion and the application of the psychological flexibility model. This work has been published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science.
- Psychometric tests of the psychological flexibility model.
To find out more about this lab please contact Dr. Ian Tyndall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Projects and Available Participation Opportunities
- Analysis of processes underlying the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model of psychological flexibility.
- Application of the SMART online intervention programme in primary and secondary schools to enhance educational outcomes.
- Attentional Bias and approach-avoidance conflicts in threat and anxiety.
- Further development and application of the Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) as a new measure of learning history and stimulus relations.
- Future projects will include applications of virtual reality software, transcranial direct stimulation (tDCS), and functional near infra-red spectroscopy
Recent Past Projects
- Analysis of perceptual load and attentional capacities in Autism Spectrum Disorder and neurotypical samples
- Examination of dynamic methods to examine cognition and decision making in the moment (i.e., mouse-tracking analyses)
- Analyses of the roles of stimulus function and stimulus familiarity in stimulus equivalence class formation and derived relational responding
- Psychological flexibility as a coping mechanism in ostracism