Research Approach

The Repetitive Experiences and Behavior Lab (REBL) uses various approaches to investigate the nature and treatment of conditions characterized by repetitive phenomena, including obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and anxiety disorders.

Experimental Studies

REBL carries out a variety of psychological experiments in which participants complete a behavioral task, treatment, and/or assessments. This allows for comparison of individuals across groups and identifying patterns of change over time. Depending on the nature and quality of their design, experiments typically represent the gold-standard approach for discovering cause and effect relationships among psychological phenomena, such as the nature and treatment of OCSD or ASD.

Survey and Correlational Investigations

Sometimes experimental studies are infeasible, but correlational techniques can be employed to uncover relationships between psychological factors. REBL often uses these techniques, such as obtaining non-experimental survey data with undergraduate student samples. Collecting data in this manner allows for qualitative and quantitative exploration of OCSD, ASD, and anxiety phenomena when opportunities for experimental manipulation are unavailable.

Archival Data Analysis

Through collaborations, REBL often has the opportunity to analyze preexisting data sets pertaining to OCSD, ASD, or anxiety (i.e., secondary data analysis). This is a valuable approach for exploring research questions with populations or research methods that have been difficult to use locally.