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Selective attention in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Selective attention in obsessive-compulsive disorder,10.1037//0021-843X.108.1.171,Journal of Abnormal Psychology,Ian C. Clayton,Jeffrey C. Richards,Ch

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ABSTRACT Recent information-processing studies have suggested that a selective attention deficit may be involved in the symptomatology,of obsessive—compulsive disorder (OCD). In this study, individuals diagnosed with OCD were distinguished from those with panic disorder and from control participants by their relatively poorer performance,on a series of psychometric tasks of selective attention. These results are interpreted as supporting the hypothesis of a diminished ability of people with OCD to selectively ignore competing external (sensory) and internal (cognitive) stimuli, especially intrusive thoughts.
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Psychology - J ABNORMAL PSYCHOL , vol. 108, no. 1, pp. 171-175, 1999
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