Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 161–172

Issues surrounding the cognitive neuroscience of obsessive-compulsive disorder


DOI: 10.3758/BF03212942

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Wilson, K.D. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (1998) 5: 161. doi:10.3758/BF03212942


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been studied extensively in recent years, with increased emphasis on understanding OCD’s biological substrates. There has been significant progress in documenting abnormal brain function in OCD patients, particularly in the orbitofrontal cortex, basal ganglia, and thalamus. Similar progress has broadened our understanding of the cognitive and behavioral manifestations of the disorder, including deficits in set shifting, hyperattention, and visuospatial construction abilities. Unfortunately, these results have not been replicated consistently. This report comprises a review of previous attempts to characterize the neurobiology and neuropsychology of OCD, and a discussion of several factors in OCD research that can help to explain previous inconsistencies.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia

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