Toward a Relational Frame Theory Account of Human Psychopathology within a Functional-Cognitive Framework.
The Odysseus research programme consists of five lines of research, four empirical and one conceptual, which run together in a coordinated and largely parallel fashion:
- Line 1 involves a series of experimental studies that seek to analyse the functional independence of fear and avoidance responses, which emerge based on verbal reasoning, and their respective “treatments” in clinical and sub-clinical populations.
- Line 2 involves experimental analyses of the role of learning through rules or instructions in creating various maladaptive behaviours in clinical and sub-clinical populations.
- Line 3 involves experimental research that explores how learning through verbal rules or instructions may generate psychopathological responses on various measures of implicit cognition.
- Line 4 involves exploring the extent to which psychopathology is related to inflexibility (versus flexibility) in perspective-taking, focusing in particular on the prediction of treatment outcomes.
- Line 5 is largely conceptual, the key objective of which is to lay the groundwork for a functional-diagnostic taxonomy of psychopathology based on previous RFT research and the empirical and conceptual analyses that emerge from the other four lines of empirical research.