Welcome to the BAT Lab

The current focus of the Behavior, Affect, & Thinking (BAT) lab at Oklahoma State University is the investigation of factors that are related to suicidal thinking and how to improve suicide screening. The lab's original focus was on factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of depression and other mood states, and we continue this work as well. Some broad questions the lab is interested in answering are:

  • How does suicidal thinking influence other suicide-relevant cognitive processes (e.g., attention, self-referential judgments)?
  • Can we use suicide-relevant cognitive processes to improve the detection or prediction of suicidal thinking and behavior?
  • How can screening for suicide be improved?
  • What is the relationship between social media use, mood, and suicidal thinking and behavior?