Investigation of an attentional bias for fear-related material in obsessive-compulsive checkers
Moritz, Steffen and von Muehlenen, Adrian. (2008) Investigation of an attentional bias for fear-related material in obsessive-compulsive checkers. Depression and Anxiety, Vol.25 (No.3). pp. 225-229. ISSN 1091-4269Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/da.20294
Prior studies on attentional biases in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have yielded conflicting results. Using a new methodology based on a spatial cueing paradigm, it was investigated whether OCD checkers display heightened vigilance for concern-related material or difficulties disengaging from such stimuli. Twenty-eight OCD patients, 21 of whom were checkers, were compared to 27 controls. In the spatial cueing paradigm task, patients and controls responded to a visual target at one out of two possible locations, which was preceded by a verbal cue word presented at the same or at the opposite location of the target. Cue words were either checking-relevant (e.g., doubt), neutral (e.g., box), or paranoia-related (e.g., spy). No evidence for an attentional bias in OCD checkers was found. This study is in accordance with previous studies, which were unable to detect attentional biases in OCD patients.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Attention, Anxiety disorders, Cognitive neuroscience|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Depression and Anxiety|
|Publisher:||John Wiley & Sons Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 225-229|
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