Organizational strategy use in obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Roth R
  • Milovan D
  • Baribeau J
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Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have been demonstrated to be less likely to use spontaneously generated organizational strategies during verbal episodic memory and visuoconstruction tasks. However, whether this organizational deficit is generalizable to other areas of cognitive functioning has not been established. In the present study, we assessed whether adults with OCD are less likely to spontaneously generate organizational strategies during performance of an executive function test, the Self-Ordered Pointing Task (SOPT). Participants included 30 adults with OCD and 24 healthy controls. Groups did not differ with respect to the time to complete or number of errors made on the SOPT. Furthermore, group differences were not observed in the ability to generate organizational strategies or in the specific types of strategies employed to complete the SOPT. These findings indicate that a reduced use of organizational strategies in OCD is not present across all cognitive domains.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Attention
  • *Memory, Short-Term
  • *Pattern Recognition, Visual
  • *Problem Solving
  • *Psychomotor Performance
  • *Verbal Learning
  • Adult
  • Concept Formation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests/statistics & numerical data
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/diagnosis/*psychology
  • Orientation
  • Reaction Time
  • Reference Values

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  • PMID: 15541784


  • R M Roth

  • D L Milovan

  • J Baribeau

  • K O'Connor

  • C Todorov

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