Rigidly Applied Rules? Revisiting Inflexibility in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Using Multilevel Meta-Analysis

Isaac Fradkin, Asher Y. Strauss, Maayan Pereg, Jonathan D. Huppert
  • Clinical Psychological Science, March 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/2167702618756069

Rigidly applied rules? is obsessive compulsive disorder characterized by inflexibility?

What is it about?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is often thought to be characterized by rigid behavior, and general inflexibility. In this study we conduct a comprehensive, empirical, review of current neuropsycholgical evidence for this hypothesis. The results of this review do not support the hypothesis according to which OCD is characterized by inflexibility. Rather, patients show non-specific under-performance in neuropsychological tasks.

Why is it important?

This study challenges current (mis)-conceptions regarding obsessive compulsive disorder, thus advancing the research of other, potentially relevant targets for research and treatment in OCD.

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